The family of murdered Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is demanding an independent public inquiry because she had suffered years of intimidation, BBC reports.
She was killed by a car bomb near her home in October. Her widely-read blog accused top politicians of corruption.
One of her sons, Paul, said three pet dogs were killed and attempts were made to burn down the journalist's home.
Malta has said it is doing all it can to bring the killers to justice.
"Our pet dogs were killed - poisoned, throat slit, poisoned again," said Paul Caruana Galizia.
"We grew up with this and it was no secret that my mother received these threats," he told the BBC.