Journalist who played major role in exposing the Panama Papers is killed in car bomb

‘There are crooks everywhere you look now, the situation is desperate,’ journalist wrote shortly before her death

A prominent journalist who played a major role in the Panama Papers case has been killed in Malta.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, whose investigative work focused on corruption, was killed when a car bomb blew her vehicle to pieces.

A politician said her death marked the “collapse of the rule of law” in Malta, the smallest in the European Union.

Tributes to Galizia poured in on Monday evening, as thousands of Maltese gathered in the streets for a candlelight vigil to the reporter.

Galizia is believed to have just published the last post on her widely read blog, Running Commentary, just before leaving her house Mosta, a town outside the capital Valletta.

“There are crooks everywhere you look now,” she had written, “the situation is desperate.”

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Soon after driving away in her Peugeot 108, Galizia’s vehicle exploded with such force it was sent flying over a wall and into a field.

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