On October 16, 2017, investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bombing outside of her home in Malta. The shocking murder made headlines across the globe, in part due to Caruana Galizia’s reputation for fearless journalism that helped hold governments, corporations, and powerful individuals accountable.
Caruana Galizia had made a name for herself with her wide-ranging investigative reporting on government corruption, including an independent exposé about the Panama Papers. Sometimes referred to as a “one-woman WikiLeaks,” she began writing for Malta-based publication The Sunday Times in the 1980s as the country’s first woman columnist. In 2008, she started her own blog, where she published most of her major scoops. Her reporting consistently made her the target of harassment, intimidation, and threats, but she remained dedicated to her investigative work until her death in 2017.
Five years later, a new podcast from Wondery is investigating Caruana Galizia’s mysterious murder. Who Killed Daphne? is a six-part Wondery series, hosted by investigative reporter Stephen Grey. The podcast takes a deep dive into the circumstances surrounding the murder, answering questions that have been left open-ended for years. Who was responsible for the bombing? Why was Caruana Galizia killed, and what information may she have been on the brink of exposing? As the podcast and investigation unfold, the rabbit hole grows deeper and more complex. Grey’s research reveals a trail of scandalous secrets, offshore companies, covered-up crimes, and corrupt politicians — and even a confession from the man accused of detonating the deadly car bomb.
While uncovering the answers behind her murder, the podcast also showcases the importance of Caruana Galizia’s courageous mission to share the truth with the world and highlights the dangers that investigative reporters may face. Two of Caruana Galizia’s sons — who have been pressuring law enforcement and the Malta government for answers ever since her death — are also featured in the podcast.
“Daphne was the scourge of so many powerful people on Malta,” Grey says. “So when she was killed there was a real mystery about who was the mastermind. And the fight for justice — always led by Daphne’s three sons — is an incredible story, that had some surprising twists and turns.”
The first three episodes of Wondery’s Who Killed Daphne? are available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts, with subsequent episodes released every Monday. Listen to episodes early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts.
Learn more about Caruana Galizia at the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation.