Who was Daphne Caruana Galizia?

Controversial journalist and blogger who crossed swords with political establishment

Daphne Caruana Galizia
Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Caruana Galizia started her career as an opinion writer and contributor with The Sunday Times of Malta.

She later moved on to become assistant editor of The Malta Independent before entering the magazine business with a set of high-quality magazines.

Caruana Galizia started to contribute regular columns to The Malta Independent and was well-known for her direct style of writing.

Simultaneously, a few years ago she started her personal blog known as Running Commentary, which earned her both admiration for her fearless critique, as well as opprobrium for her poison-pen missives.

It was through her blog, last year that she unveiled the existence of two Panama companies that belonged to minister Konrad Mizzi and Prime Minister chief of staff Keith Schembri.

In 2016, she was named by Politico as one of “28 people who are shaping, shaking and stirring Europe”, as a result of her reportage on Mizzi and Schembri.

In April this year she led with a story alleging that the Prime Minister’s wife Michelle, owned Egrant, the third Panama company that had been mentioned in Panama Papers.

After the election Caruana Galizia turned her sights on Nationalist Party leadership candidate Adrian Delia. She uncovered that Delia had acted as a lawyer for a Maltese company in London that was involved in a prostitution ring more than a decade ago and remained a harsh critic after he won the PN leadership.

Caruana Galizia was renowned for her controversial commentary, which landed her into several defamation cases.

She was born in Sliema and married to lawyer Peter Caruana Galizia. They had three sons.