Daphne Caruana Galizia has been awarded Transparency International’s 2018 Anti-Corruption Award.

The award was also given to Spanish whistleblower and campaigner Ana Garrido Ramos. The awards were presented during a ceremony at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Copenhagen on Monday.

Ms Caruana Galizia's award was collected by her son Matthew and her husband Peter.

Mr Caruana Galizia said: “The bomb that took Daphne away from us extinguished the most powerful voice we ever had in our country’s fight for integrity. It also sought to rob us of the hope that her unwavering voice represented. Nothing will ever compensate for the journalist – let alone the person – we lost in her fight against corruption. But this award reminds us not only that hope remains ours to keep but that a large part of the world is hoping with us. It is an overwhelming and deeply emboldening thought for everyone fighting to win her justice and uphold her legacy. Thank you.”

Ana Garrido Ramos’s claims as a whistleblower and key witness contributed to the downfall of the Mariano Rajoy government in June 2018.

The Anti-Corruption Award honours remarkable organisations and individuals, including journalists, prosecutors, government officials, and civil society leaders who expose and fight corruption.

A committee of seven people from the board of Transparency International and the wider anti-corruption movement serves as the jury. Nominations for this year’s award were submitted by the public and Transparency International chapters.

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