ROME OCTOBER 18, 2017 (Zenit.org). – In its Italian edition of October 18, 2017, L’Osservatore Romano deplored the murder of a journalist in Malta and echoed the condemnation of the Archbishop of Malta, Monsignor Charles Scicluna.
Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, a critic of corruption in her country, died when a bomb exploded in her car after leaving her home at Bidnija, in the North of the Island. Known for her influencing blog Running Commentary, she collaborated with several Maltese journalists.
Monsignor Scicluna condemned “with the greatest firmness” the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, which happened last Monday, October 16, 2017, stressed L’Osservatore Romano.
The daily reported that the Archbishop called for the banning of all controversies: “It’s not the moment to start wars between us, or to accuse one another,” but to “defend each one’s dignity, eliminate anger among us and defend the great value of democracy,” he said.
The investigative journalist and blogger Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of the murdered journalist, accused the Maltese Authorities of being “accomplices” of his mother’s murder, noted in addition L’Ossevatore Romano. He addressed the Authorities on Facebook, saying: “You are accomplices and responsible for what happened.”
The Vatican daily also quoted the words of Maltese Prime Minster Joseph Muscat, who denied any involvement of his government. “She was probably my main adversary,” he said in an interview with the Italian daily “La Repubblica.” “She attacked me after I became head of the coalition, but it was her job,” he acknowledged. Rejecting all allegations of corruption, he said that “justice would” soon “be made.” Now, specified the Prime Minister, it’s necessary to “find the agents and executers of a crime that is not ours,” reported the same source.
L’Osservatore Romano also reported the reaction of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, and of the Commissioner of the Rights of Man, Nils Muiznieks, who called for an in depth investigation to identify those responsible for the crime.
According to the same source, the Maltese Minister of the Interior called the FBI and the European Scientific Police to lead the investigations.