A group of 45 journalists representing 18 news organisations from 15 countries picked up Daphne’s work after it was abruptly halted by her gruesome death on the doorstep of Europe. For five months they kept digging — pouring over her findings, gathering documents, talking to sources — to try to get to the bottom of the many leads the formidable woman left behind.
The Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) contributed with its knowledge on mafias and illicit traffics in the Mediterranean area, assigning reporters to dig on the transnational network of criminals that thrive in Malta, on related money laundering as well as on wrongdoing among Malta’s elite.
Forbidden Stories with IRPI, OCCRP, La Repubblica, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Reuters, The Times of Malta, Le Monde, The Guardian, The New York Times, Tages-Anzeiger, Premières Lignes Télévision, Radio France, France 2, Die Zeit, Direkt 36, WDR, NDR are now shining lights onto the stories that killed her.
by Cecilia Anesi, Lorenzo Bagnoli and Giulio Rubino | October 11, 2018
by Jacop Borg | May 14, 2018
by Cecilia Anesi and Matteo Civillini | May 10, 2018
by Carlo Bonini, Giuliano Foschini, Fabio Tonacci, Giulio Rubino, Cecilia Anesi and Lorenzo Bagnoli | May 9, 2018
by Cecilia Anesi, Giulio Rubino and Lorenzo Bagnoli | May 3, 2018
by Juliette Garside | April 25 2018
by Miranda Patrucic, Juliette Garside, Khadija Ismayilova, and Jean-Baptiste Chastand | April 23 2018
Their secrets were hidden in the files of Pilatus Bank, a controversial private bank in Malta that’s being investigated for laundering money for its clients. The network used accounts at the bank to stash profits and funnel millions of dollars into new investments, according to three sources with knowledge of the transactions who can’t be identified because of fear of retaliation.
by Lorenzo Bagnoli | April 18, 2018
It wasn’t the only story she was working on, but it was one that involved enough money to pull the entire Maltese economy from deficit to surplus in a few short years, bringing in an estimated €850 million since January 2014.
Caruana Galizia believed that such sums were irresistible to some of the top officials in the ruling Labour Party government. She believed the passport program — formally known as the Individual Investment Program (IIP), and less formally as the Golden Visa — was rife with cronyism, bribery, and kickbacks.
by Juliette Garside | April 17 2018
It began on October 16, 2017.
Daphne spent her last morning working at her dining room table, sitting opposite her eldest son Matthew. The air was still and heavy with the scent of wild fennel. The densely planted garden of her hilltop home in the village of Bidnija, northern Malta, muffled any noise from the road. She was absorbed in her work, and the hours passed unnoticed.