The Institute is the longest established professional association of journalists in the world and has regularly supported freedom of the media and its members in Malta over many years.
President Mark Croucher said: ‘The Institute sends its deepest condolences to Daphne’s family, friends and colleagues and the profession of journalists in Malta during this difficult time.’
He added: ‘The murder of a journalist with a reputation for vigorously holding power to account and who reportedly complained to police earlier about threats to her life is the worst attack possible.
Everything must be done to investigate this violation of free and independent journalism and bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.’
She regularly accused leading politicians for corruption and it is reported she had recently investigated scandals linked to the leak of the Panama papers.