The Daphne Project

Credit: Forbidden Stories, OCCRP


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.

A group of 45 journalists representing 18 news organizations 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 — poring 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 Daphne Project was coordinated and led by Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based organization established specifically to continue the work of killed, imprisoned, or otherwise incapacitated journalists.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) facilitated the sharing of documents and information across the participating organizations and assigned researchers and reporters to investigate the many allegations about wrongdoing among Malta’s elite.

The sun was shining on the day assassins took Daphne’s life. Now her colleagues will shine many lights onto the stories that killed her.

On April 17, we will start revealing what Daphne left behind. Watch this space.


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OCCRP: Drew Sullivan, Paul Radu, Anuška Delić, Jody McPhillips, Ilya Lozovsky, Friedrich Lindenberg, Miranda Patrucić, Khadija Ismayilova, Vladimir Petin

Forbidden Stories: Laurent Richard, Jules Giraudat, Rémi Labed, Edouard Perrin, Bastian Obermayer

IRPI: Giulio Rubino, Cecilia Anesi, Lorenzo Bagnoli, Matteo Civillini

Süddeutsche Zeitung: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer

La Reppublica: Carlo Bonini, Giuliano Foschini, Fabio Tonacci

Radio France: Sylvain Tronchet

The Guardian, Reuters, Premières Lignes Télévision / France 2, The Times of Malta, Die Zeit, Le Monde, The New York Times, WDR/NDR, Tages-Anzeiger, Freelance, Journalism School, Columbia University, Direkt 36