Maltese PM Denounces Panama Papers Journalist Murder
by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
17 October, 2017
Malta's Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, has condemned the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, promising to bring those responsible to justice.
Galizia was a strong critic of the current government and had published allegations linking Muscat to the Panama Papers scandal. Her revelations effectively triggered an early election on the island, held in June this year.
Muscat said he was shocked by her murder and condemned both the "barbaric attack" on Galizia and on freedom of expression in Malta. Muscat acknowledged Galizia was one of his fiercest critics, politically and personally, but said her murder "goes against civilization and all dignity."
The leader of Malta's opposition, Adrian Delia, and Muscat have agreed that the opposition's reply to last week's 2018 Budget should be postponed and the parliamentary sitting given to statements on Galizia's death.
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