Passport Papers: a joint investigation

21 April 2021

Who is buying Maltese passports and what it takes to purchase your way into European citizenship

In 2013, Daphne Caruana Galizia was the first Maltese journalist to investigate the Malta Government’s plans to sell EU citizenship. Her work became instrumental in revealing the truth about what was happening behind the scenes. A whistleblower who approached her many years ago has now put their faith in the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, revealing what really happens when wealthy investors attempt to purchase a passport.

This project would not have been possible without the support of our funders. Our first round of funding from Digital Defenders allowed us to create the technical infrastructure we needed to host this project. A grant from the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund supported the production of this investigation.

After many months of work the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation is proud to present the Passport Papers, an investigation into the sale of Maltese passports we worked on with our media partners: The Guardian, Dossier Centre, Lovin Malta, Malta Today, The Malta Independent, Times of Malta and The Shift.

We are grateful to all those who helped us tell this story.