During my four years in Italy, I covered the mafia from various points of few. I did stories on the modernization of the mafia and how it has moved from direct violence into economic crimes. I produced investigative reports that looked into the so-called agromafia – criminals that profit from counterfeit food and wine.
In Sicily, I interviewed an organization called Libera that organizes grassroots campaigns against the local cosa nostra mafia. I also met an entrepreneur that has survived decades of extortion by the mobsters.
Close to Naples, I covered an organization that uses former mafia properties to organize art exhibitions.
In Rome, I covered the local mafia branch’s infiltration of the city council.
I also investigated the so-called Terra dei fuochi, an area close to Naples, where the mafia has allegedly been dumping toxic waste. This has caused cancer rates to skyrocket in the nearby villages.
Here are some links to my online publications: http://yle.fi/uutiset/3-6918717, http://yle.fi/uutiset/3-7772058, http://yle.fi/uutiset/3-8386498, http://yle.fi/uutiset/3-7659448, http://yle.fi/uutiset/3-9019417