Slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been named Person of the Year by influential Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
“Daphne Caruana Galizia was a thorn for everybody. Her investigations did not just impact anybody, they impacted an entire system,” the paper wrote in a front-page editorial.
Paying tribute, Roberto Saviano wrote: “Daphne embodied the power of speech, able to shake a government… She was killed because she understood the illegal flows of money through Malta and she understood this was not someone doing something wrong but an entire system designed for the flow of dirty money.”
Mr Saviano is an Italian journalist and author of international bestsellers Gomorrah who lives under armed escort.
The Maltese journalist was last week also awarded an honorary Deutscher Reporterpreis for Investigative Journalism by Reporter-Forum in Berlin.
Ms Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb on October 16.
Suspected car bomb killer of Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was wiretapped
One of the suspected killers of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was under police surveillance on the island at the time of her murder, officials have revealed, provoking fierce criticism from the victim’s family.
During a pre-trial hearing for the three men accused of killing the blogger with a car bomb on October 16, a prosecutor admitted that George Degiorgio, who allegedly followed her family and triggered the bomb from a boat off Malta, was being wiretapped.
“The Malta security services tapped the phone of one of the contract killers long before my mother was assassinated,” the journalist’s son, Matthew Caruana Galizia, wrote on Twitter. “Yet him and his associates were allowed to freely follow me around the country and plant a bomb in my mother’s car.”
The murder of Ms Caruana Galizia, 53, who attacked alleged high-level political corruption and money laundering in Malta in her popular blog, has called into question the island’s rule of law.
Her family have claimed that Maltese judges cannot be trusted and point out that she never wrote about the three alleged killers, said to have underworld links, theorising that they were hired for the job.
In court yesterday police revealed how Sim cards attached to the circuitry used to trigger the bomb were purchased in November 2016, suggesting almost a year of planning for the attack.
Vince Muscat, 55, and the brothers Alfred Degiorgio, 53, and George Degiorgio, 55, deny involvement.