World Briefs: EU horrified by killing of Maltese journalist

EU horrified by killing of Maltese journalist

BRUSSELS • The European Union yesterday said it was "horrified" after a Maltese journalist who probed graft in Premier Joseph Muscat's inner circle was killed by a car bomb, calling for justice to be done in the case.

"We are horrified... that a respected Maltese journalist, Ms Daphne Caruana Galizia, lost her life... in what was seemingly a targeted attack," an EU spokesman said.

Ms Galizia's son, Matthew, also a journalist involved in digesting the Panama Papers, said his mother had been assassinated for doing her job.


White supremacist set to speak in Florida

MIAMI • Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency ahead of a speech by a white nationalist leader later this week at the University of Florida, in order to free up resources to prepare for possible violence.

Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent clashes with counter-protesters which eventually led to the death of a 32-year-old woman.

Mr Scott said there was a need to implement a coordinated security plan before Mr Richard Spencer's speech tomorrow.


Aussie website for reporting revenge porn

SYDNEY • Australia has launched an online portal to report "revenge porn" after research showed women were having intimate images shared without their permission on a "mass scale".

The "world-first" initiative will offer support and advice, while working with websites and search engines to help take down offending posts.

A government survey shows one in five women aged 18-45 had suffered image-based abuse.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe