the daphne project

  • Slain Journalist's Laptops Handed to German Authorities

    In an unprecedented move, murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's laptops and hard disks were handed over to German Federal Criminal Police (BKA) last month.

  • How Maltese Online Gambling Became an ATM for the Italian Mafia

    Online gambling is huge in Malta — but it's not all fun and games. Here's how the island's internet casinos have become cash machines for the Italian mafia.

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  • Death in a Smugglers’ Paradise

    How two unlikely business partners — a beloved Maltese footballer and a Libyan militia chief— enlisted help from a man connected to the Sicilian mafia to develop a multi-million-euro fuel smuggling business in the Mediterranean.

    Fishing boats in Marsaxlokk harbor, Malta, with a view of the Delimara power station.Fishing boats in Marsaxlokk harbor, Malta, with a view of the Delimara power station.

  • Malta MP: Police Tipped Off Alleged Killers of Caruana Galizia

    A Maltese opposition Member of Parliament and lawyer for the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday accused a police sergeant of tipping off the three men arrested for her murder allowing them to dispose of evidence.

  • Experts Urge EU Parliament to Protect Journalists

    The situation concerning freedom of media is “alarming” as only a fraction of the world’s population enjoys a free press, an EU official warned on Wednesday. Experts want new laws to protect investigative journalists.

  • UK Branch of Pilatus Bank Closed Down

    Pilatus Bank closed down its UK branch after investigative journalists revealed that dozens of companies owned by Azerbaijan’s ruling elite had moved millions of euros through the bank.

  • Maltese Taxpayers Losing Out in Gas Deal with Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan's state energy company won an opaque contract to sell gas to Malta. Documents obtained by investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia before her death indicate that the island's taxpayers could be overpaying by tens of millions of dollars a year.

    An LNG tanker moored off the village of Marsaxlokk, location of the recently constructed Delimara Power Station, which runs on natural gas. Credit: ReutersAn LNG tanker moored off the village of Marsaxlokk, location of the recently constructed Delimara Power Station, which runs on natural gas. Credit: Reuters

  • EU’s Justice Head Will Travel to Malta To Examine Corruption

    The European Union’s justice commissioner, Vera Jourova, will travel to Malta in the next few weeks to assess the country’s anti-money laundering process and to check in on the investigation of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

  • Pilatus: A Private Bank for Azerbaijan’s Ruling Elite

    Over the last three years, two top families in Azerbaijan’s ruling elite used dozens of secret accounts in Malta’s private Pilatus Bank to transfer cash into Europe and funnel millions of dollars into investments in luxury property, hotels, and businesses.

    The flag of Pilatus Bank flies from its offices in Whitehall Mansions in Ta’ Xbiex, Malta. Photo (c): REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiThe flag of Pilatus Bank flies from its offices in Whitehall Mansions in Ta’ Xbiex, Malta. Photo (c): REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

  • New Daphne Project Findings Put Pressure on Maltese Tourism Minister

    New findings of the Daphne Project show that contrary to what Maltese Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi told the European Parliament in February, his offshore firms were planning to do business.

  • Murdered Maltese Journalist was Investigating Island’s Golden Visas

    Before she was killed, Daphne Caruana Galizia was investigating Malta's citizenship for sale program. A new report shows the deep connections between profits from the passports and profits from the politicians.

    A banner in the fields outside Bidnija, where investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered six months ago. Photo (c): Dan KitwoodA banner in the fields outside Bidnija, where investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered six months ago. Photo (c): Dan Kitwood

  • Death of Journalist Still Echoes in Malta

    The assassination six months ago of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia sent shockwaves around the world.

    A tribute to Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, murdered six months ago. Photo (c): Dan KitwoodA tribute to Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, murdered six months ago. Photo (c): Dan Kitwood

  • Malta: Hundreds Gather to Remember Murdered Journalist

    Scores gathered in Malta on Monday to mark the six-month anniversary of the anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder.

  • The Daphne Project

    Six months ago, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally killed by a car bomb just meters from her home. The investigation into her killing is ongoing, but there is little doubt that she was murdered because of her work. With a brazen, unapologetic and uncompromising style, she denounced corruption, nepotism, clientelism, and all kinds of criminal behaviors in her tiny EU member state.

    The Forbidden Stories, OCCRPThe Forbidden Stories, OCCRP

     

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