The death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, assassinated at the age of 53 with a car bomb, is a profound loss to investigative journalism, democracy, free speech and the honest citizens of Malta. Relieved by it will be those responsible for organised crime, corrupt politicians and shady police officers in the Mediterranean island republic.
Caruana Galizia, the leading light of Maltese journalism, investigated all these subjects in the blog Running Commentary, which she set up in 2008. As a result of her unrelenting investigative journalism, she was chosen by the Politico organisation as one of the 28 people most likely to influence the world in 2017.
Her career in journalism started after the Maltese general election of 1987, when the Labour government was replaced after a hard-fought struggle for democracy. Having been thrown into a police cell at the age of 18 for taking