Life of murdered Maltese journalist who exposed corruption inspires children’s book

They killed the journalist not the stories: Daphne Project

U.K. – The life of murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has inspired a children’s book that tells the story of how she fearlessly continued to fight for what she believed in through her writing. Her assassination brought thousands of people on to the streets of Malta and led to the resignation of a prime minister.

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia is written and illustrated by her friend Gattaldo and is being released by a UK publisher this month marking three years since she was killed by a car bomb in her vehicle near her home Oct. 16, 2017.

The book is aimed at children six and over. Fearless, however, doesn’t contain any of the violence of her death. The book starts with her childhood and covers her battles against corruption and continues with those who took up her cause after she was murdered.

Galizia was a Maltese journalist and anti-corruption activist who made many enemies during her decades-long journalism career as she reported on political events in Malta. She reported on government corruption, nepotism and patronage allegations of money laundering links between Malta’s online gambling industry and organized crime. In addition, she focused on investigative pieces into Malta’s citizenship-by-investment scheme and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

Galizia continued to publish articles for decades, despite intimidation and threats, libel suits and other lawsuits.

Galizia was one of the first prominent female journalists in Malta. And in a nation where the newspapers published their news reports and opinion pieces anonymously, Galizia was one of the first to put her name to her pieces.

In April 2018 45 journalists from 18 news organizations came together and took up her cause with The Daphne Project, which contains ‘Forbidden Stories.’ The Daphne Project, on their website, says, “They killed the journalist not the stories.”

Photo: Daphne Caruana Galizia
Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia is published by Otter-Barry, and is available from