Most recently she had accused Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat and two of his aides, with being linked to offshore companies and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.
The claims led MEPs to call for the departure of Muscat, who has denied any wrongdoing. Muscat has also condemned the killing and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
But in posts underneath one of her articles six months ago, Galizia had been warned to take care of herself and her family. One comment urged her to “use money from the crowd fund to get proper security, if there isn’t enough, we will give in more donations”.