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Thursday, October 8 • 12:30 - 13:30
Investigating the Italian Mafia in Africa

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The Italian mafia has established a hidden but lethal presence in Africa. Its members own diamond mines, nightclubs, and land, all with the complicity of corrupt regimes. Mafia, Inc. is more than ever a global business, infiltrating legitimate economies worldwide. An international team of reporters from the non-profit investigative journalism centres IRPI and ANCIR partnered with QUATTROGATTI and CORRECT!V to uncover for the first time the Italian mafia's grip on Africa.

Supported by two working grants for independent journalism, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme of the European Journalism Centre and Journalism Fund, the work took seven months and included trips to Italy, South Africa, Namibia, Senegal and Kenya. Ten investigative reporters from six different countries, one data-journalist, one data-scientist, three editors, one cross-examiner, and a host of lawyers joined the effort in producing in-depth research into the Mafia's involvement in 13 countries.


In this session, four journalists involved will discuss how they conducted this investigation. They will share pivotal lessons with fellow investigative journalists on how to work in international, multidisciplinary teams on complicated cross-border issues.


This session is held in cooperation with the European Journalism Centre and the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (Journalismgrants.org)


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Wilfried Ruetten

Director, European Journalism Centre
Wilfried Ruetten is the director of the European Journalism Centre. He worked in German public and private broadcasting as a reporter and producer (ARD, RTL-Group) as well as in journalism education. Before joining the EJC he was the head of school for digital television at the University... Read More →

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Cecilia Anesi

Legal Representative, IRPI
Cecilia Anesi is a reporter with and founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism in Italy. Before creating IRPI, she co-authored the investigative journalism documentary Toxic Europe which won the Best International Organised... Read More →
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John Grobler

Freelance journalist, The Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism & the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
John Grobler is a veteran investigative reporter, based in Windhoek, Namibia from where he keeps an eye on the political nexus between natural resource exploitation and organised crime in his own country as well as neighbouring Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, although... Read More →
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Giulio Rubino

Journalist, Correctiv
Giulio Rubino is a reporter with Correct!v, the German centre for investigative journalism and a member and founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism in Italy. Before creating IRPI, he co-authored the investigative journalism... Read More →
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Khadija Sharife

Africa Editor, OCCRP
Khadija Sharife is an investigative journalist, researcher and Africa editor at OCCRP. She is the director of Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously she was the editor at... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30 - 13:30 CEST
Weidemann 3 (Presentations/Panels)

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