On Sunday, December 1st, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the principal advocate of Malta’s “Blockchain Island” narrative announced that he was going to resign in mid-January. The main cause of this shock resignation is the ongoing investigation into the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Activists would soon storm Malta’s government headquarters to ask for his immediate resignation. European MEPs have backed a call for him to resign immediately as well.
For decades, Caruana Galizia refused to give up her dogged journalism, even though she was arrested by the Malta Police Force twice and sued multiple times. At the time of her death, she was facing 48 libel suits. In 2016, a year before her death, she wrote a series of sensitive reports on the links between the Panama Papers and Maltese politicians — accusing Prime Minister Muscat and two of his closest aides of selling Maltese passports to the government of Azerbaijan. She was described by Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.
On October, 16th, 2017, Caruana Galizia was assassinated through the use of a car bomb a block away from her house. This would kick into motion a series of events that would darken the idealism surrounding “Blockchain Island” — and undo some of its most prominent architects.
As public protests started to form calling for the resignation of Maltese government officials implicated in the murder, a cascading series of resignations suddenly gained nearly unstoppable…