Monday marks six months since Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist, was killed in a car bombing near her home. The crime remains unsolved, reflecting an apparent lack of urgency on the part of the local authorities. As a result, the murder of this highly respected reporter is already having a chilling effect on freedom of expression in the European Union, which until recently had been considered the region of the world where journalists could most reliably count on their safety.
“There are many threats to journalism around the world – repressive governments, terrorist groups, economic shifts – but surely one of the greatest threats to journalism is impunity,” Michael De Dora of the Committee to Protest Journalists told me.
Caruana Galizia made many enemies. Her stories often drove the local news cycle. In an island nation with