Prominent Maltese Investigative Journalist Killed In Car Bombing
Daphne Caruana Galizia, a widely read and widely feared investigative journalist who exposed corruption among the political class in Malta, was killed in a car bomb there on Monday.
The bomb exploded as Galizia, 53, was driving near her home in Mosta, just outside the country’s capital of Valletta. The explosion sent debris from her vehicle flying, and catapulted her body over a wall.
Galizia ran a blog called Running Commentary, in which she chronicled the misdeeds and venality of powerful politicians. Earlier this year, she linked the country’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, to the Panama Papers, the cache of documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm in 2015, which implicated many politicians in offshore tax and corruption schemes. Galizia found that Muscat’s wife, energy minister, and the government’s chief of staff held companies in Panama, which they denied. Muscat called (and won) a presidential election early because of Galizia’s expose.
“Everyone knows Ms Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way,” Muscat said at a press conference on Monday.
He asked the FBI to assist in the investigation of Galizia’s murder.
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Assassins killed Panama Papers journalist with text message bomb
The assassins who killed Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia used a fatal text message sent from a boat out at sea, according to a report.
Authorities on the Mediterranean island of Malta arrested ten people for the explosion last month that killed the lauded 53-year-old blogger known for her criticism of the government.
Three have now been charged, with a report in Malta Today on Wednesday revealing details of the investigation, including how they allegedly set off the powerful bomb on her car.
Brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, 54 and 52, were joined by Vincent Muscat, 55, in the reported scheme, which involved an electronic device attached the explosive that was put on the vehicle the morning of the blast. ...
Prosecutors have not released a motive for the killing.
Mexican journalist shot dead at primary school holiday party
XALAPA, Mexico (AP) — Attackers burst into an elementary school where a Christmas party was taking place and shot reporter Gumaro Perez to death Tuesday, making him at least the 10th journalist slain in Mexico this year in what observers have called a crisis of freedom of expression.
The Veracruz state security coordinator said in a statement that dozens of parents and children were present when the unidentified attackers shot Perez, whose own child attends the school in the city of Acayucan.
Perez, 34, covered crime for a number of local outlets, had founded the online news site La Voz del Sur and also worked for the local government in some capacity.
He was part of a state program designed to protect journalists as they carry out certain "high-risk" coverage, separate from a federal government program known as "the mechanism" that offers reporters measures like panic buttons on their cellphones and home security.
"He belonged to the preventive program for safe coverage of this Commission since 2015, which refers to mechanisms for reporting that diminish danger in high-risk events," the Veracruz State Commission for Attention and Protection of Journalists said in a statement. "Nevertheless, regrettably, he had not made us aware of having received any threats that could have put him at risk."
Mexico: Dead Body Found in Yucatan Belongs to Photojournalist
The autopsy of the mutilated body determined that the local reporter was killed by a blow to the head but ruled out execution by organized crime.
Authorities at the Mexican state of Yucatan said Friday that the body found a day earlier near Progreso city belonged to photojournalist Luis Abraham González Contreras, 31, who had been missing since Dec. 19.
The local medical forensic office carried out an autopsy of Contreras body and determined that his death was the result of a traumatic head injury caused by a blow to the head.
His body was found inside a bag with the upper and lower limbs separated from the torso and with 20 percent of his body surface burned.
The mutilation of the body was carried out post mortem, according to the medical report. His relatives were unable to identify his body according to the Yucatan's prosecutor’s office., which said his identify was determined by his fingerprints.
Guatemalan lawmaker arrested in killing of journalists
GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) -
Police in Guatemala arrested a ruling party lawmaker Saturday for involvement in plotting a 2015 killing of journalists.
Julio Juarez, of the FCN-Nacion party, was arrested near his home in San Bernardino, Suchitepequez, south of the capital.
He is suspected of having masterminded the killings, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said. ...
The two killings took place March 10, 2015 in Mazatenango. ...
"I have not done anything. And all this will be cleared up," Juarez told local media.
About 6,000 people are killed each year in Guatemala, with about half the crimes linked to drug trafficking and gangs.
Mexican journalist is stabbed 21 times in front of his family
Carlos Dominguez was waiting at a traffic light in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo with his son, his daughter-in-law and his grandchildren when men armed with knives flung open the car door.
Dominguez, a 77-year-old opinion columnist who had worked as a journalist for nearly four decades, was stabbed 21 times, according to Mexican authorities. They said he was attacked by at least three men who remain unidentified and at large.
The killing Saturday afternoon underscores the lethal risks faced by journalists in Mexico and the growing wave of violence gripping the nation.
Officials said they were investigating to determine whether the attack was connected to Dominguez’s work. He wrote frequently about politics, organized crime and occasionally their intersection — a perilous beat in a country that was second only to war-torn Syria in the number of journalists killed last year.
Eleven journalists were slain across Mexico in 2017, with no culprits arrested in most of those cases. Dozens of reporters have fled the country or gone into hiding.
Adding:Murdered Slovakian Reporter Was Investigating High-Level Corruption
A Slovakian reporter specializing in tax fraud and corruption investigations and his girlfriend were found murdered over the weekend, according to police Monday.
Kuciak’s murder is the second in the last five months of an investigative journalist specializing in high level corruption in the European Union. On Oct. 17, Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb in Malta.
Jan Kuciak, a 27-year-old reporter for online news portal aktuality.sk, was found dead on Sunday alongside Martina Kusnirova at their home in the town of Velka Maca, about 40 miles from the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Police believe they were murdered sometime between Thursday and Sunday, when their bodies were discovered after family members became concerned that the couple could not be reached.
Police official Tibor Gaspar told reporters that Kuciak died of a gunshot wound to the chest while Kusnirova was shot in the head, according to the AFP news agency.
WaPo: Police believe a journalist was killed for reporting on fraud in the heart of Europe
Journalist killed in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz
VERACRUZ, Mexico — Mexican police said Thursday a journalist who ran a local news website was shot to death in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
State police said Leobardo Vazquez was found dead late Wednesday in the town of Gutierrez Zamora, which is located in an area known for drug cartel activity.
Ivonne Hernandez Duran, Vazquez’s wife, said she heard shots and found her husband lying near a taco stand he operated out of his home.
Vazquez previously worked for other outlets, but was most recently managing the news site Enlace Informativo Regional.
The site covers general news and crime in the coastal town.