Why this story matters:
The #DaphneProject by Forbidden Stories, a France-based documentary initiative, was launched six months after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The goal is to find missing links or evidence to further the work she was doing prior to her death, and continue pressuring authorities for a proper investigation into her murder.
Journalists outside the consortium also felt the need for action. One way this is happening is through Lovin Malta, a laid-back but ambitious blog that contextualizes findings and complements them with side stories. In doing so, the website has provided nuanced coverage, making it easier for non-insiders to understand the deep-seated issues surrounding both Caruana Galizia's allegations and the murder.
For example, Lovin Malta published unique leaks about dissent in the ruling Labour Party, exposed cracks in the narratives of two politicians implicated in the scandal, explained what the new leaked email reveals about the Panama companies, and summarized the new, rather disparate revelations across the consortium.
Details from the story:
- Daphne Caruana Galizia published allegations that two top government officials, plus the prime minister's wife, own offshore companies created to receive kickbacks from Malta's controversial golden visa scheme. In addition, she wrote that the minister of economy visited a brothel in Germany.
- In October 2017, she was brutally murdered using a car bomb. Three suspects have been arrested and are to stand trial.
- The #DaphneProject has published allegations that the minister of economy was seen with one of the suspects.
- No politicians have been interviewed during the course of police investigations into the murder.
- The police believe that the suspects had been informed of their impending arrest.
- New information emerged on an intermediary company in Dubai, which had expected to receive money from a source in Azerbaijan and transfer funds to the two implicated officials' companies in Panama.