European People’s Party (EPP) President Joseph Daul made a statement following the murder of a prominent Maltese journalist:

“I have learnt with shock about the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car explosion a few hours ago. Daphne Caruana Galizia has dedicated her life to uncovering the truth through her reporting, and we mourn such a great loss. She was an investigative journalist of the highest caliber, and her work on the Panama Papers has made the world a more transparent and a fairer place.

Following such a horrific crime, we call on the appropriate authorities to launch an immediate investigation in order to shed light on this unspeakable act of violence and bring those responsible to justice.

I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family and loved ones. This is a very sad day for Malta and for the free world, which has lost a champion of democracy and free speech.”