In 2008 she launched her blog, which quickly became one of the most popular websites in Malta, as she could publish stories and commentary that weren't able to be printed in the papers.
In this sense, Borg said one of Galizia's greatest contributions to journalism is that "she gave hope to people. You go to her with a story and it gets published. She takes risks if she believes in people."
Despite her high readership and Galizia's efforts to unveil the shadowy misdeeds of those in power – including a Maltese politician who reportedly visited a brothel during a trip to Germany – Borg said the public was largely indifferent.
"The irony is that the economy was good and it became better, so people didn't care," he said.
"Even if you look at the demonstrations that were done after her funeral, one was very great, but then people dwindled. This is the situation. Most people reason out and say 'I'm okay, what's the big fuss? All of them are corrupt, so who cares?'"
Borg said if reporters stop covering difficult stories because of indifference, "what use is journalism?"
Using a colloquial Maltese phrase, he said it would be like "'a sun that does not heat' – is it better that it's cold?"
Galizia was able to raise the bar for journalism in Malta, Borg said, explaining that many Maltese journalists were in some sense "offended" that people went to her with the good stories, instead of them.
Because of this, "now we have many people in mainstream journalism who have been trained to compete with her to get better stories," Borg said, so "that was another contribution."
He also pointed to Galizia's "total disregard of a consequentialist approach to journalism," and her attitude that "you have to do what you have to do" for the sake of public interest.
"She was not perfect, sometimes she got stories wrong, sometimes she also had gossipy parts, [but] most of the time she was incredible," he said. "The main stories, what she wrote about corruption in Malta, incredible."
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"Her courage has inspired other journalists to go after more stories and we are getting more stories," he said. And while some of this can be attributed to the fact that people simply need to find someone else to run their story, "journalists feel a bit ashamed if they don't sort-of take risks like her."
This is one of Galizia's "best contributions to journalism in Malta," Borg said, adding that other people and organizations should have the same courage to stand up for the truth, because "if someone who is alone does it, if you are part of an organization or institution, why shouldn't you?"
Elise Harris was senior Rome correspondent for CNA from 2012 to 2018.