Unesco decries Maltese reporter's murder

Unesco decries Maltese reporter's murder

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The head of the United Nations cultural organisation Unesco on Tuesday condemned the killing of prominent investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was blown up in her car in Malta.

“I condemn the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia,” said Irinia Bokova.

"I welcome the pledge by the prime minister of Malta to bring to justice this crime against a person and against the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information, which are essential to democracies everywhere."

Caruana Galizia, 53, died when a bomb exploded in her car as she left her home in the remote village of Bidnija in northern Malta.

She published an influential blog top accusing politicians of corruption. She also wrote for The Sunday Times of Malta and The Malta Independent.

After Caruana Galizia's murder, her son Matthew said Malta was a "mafia state".