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A Journalist’s Account Was Suspended After He Posted Allegations of Corruption to Facebook

Matthew Caruana Galizia was part of the team that broke the Panama Papers

By Andrew Liptak | 21 May 2017

THE VERGE — In May, journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia published a series of posts to Facebook, alleging that that Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, had engaged in corrupt practices. Days later, Galizia found himself locked out of his account, while several of the posts were deleted.

Galizia is part of the team that broke the Panama Papers story last year, and his reporting comes weeks before the country is scheduled to hold an election in June. He noted that he didn’t see the story covered much in traditional papers, so he turned to Facebook to reach a wider audience. “The response was incredible. I never expected anything like it.”

Following the publication of the posts, Prime Minister Muscat threatened to sue the journalist for libel, and on May 16th, Galizia was locked out of his account, according to The Guardian, although it’s not immediately clear if the government had a hand in the lockout. […]

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