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Celebrating brave journalism: the Ilaria Alpi Awards, 6-8 September 2012

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Celebrating brave journalism: the Ilaria Alpi Awards, 6-8 September 2012


In partnership with: Ilaria Alpi awards

History of Ilaria Alpi

While pursuing a story in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1994, the Italian investigative
reporter for RAI, Ilaria Alpi, and her cameraman Miran Hrovatin were brutally
murdered. She was researching a story focussing on the money that Italian
humanitarian organizations have been donating to Third World countries, under
the auspices of building roads and improving the infrastructure.

Digging deeper she discovered that these “humanitarian organizations” were
actually fronts for secret Italian governmental agencies, who were shipping tons
of toxic waste to these countries for surreptitious disposal et in exchange for

Before she could send their last report from Somalia Ilaria Alpi e Miran Hrovatin
were ambushed and killed, an incident that went on to be characterized by cover
ups and silence. After many enquiries on all the judicial levels, the Parliamentary
Commission investigating the case for many years was dissolved in 2006 with a
final report, followed by two minority reports. The only trial was that of Hashi
Omar Hassan, defined as a “scapegoat”. The truth about these deaths and about
one of the largest governmental corruption scandals in European history is yet to
be written.

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