Bylines and collaborations

A collection of bylines and collaborations for which I worked as fixer and additional reporter, travelling to Sicily. These assignments were based on my knowledge of organised crime and investigative skills.

Italy hunts for ‘Years of Lead’ killers in French refuge

The sign on the front gate of Narciso Manenti’s modest two-storey house on the outskirts of Châlette-sur-Loing, in the Loire valley, lists the various services offered by his business, from gardening and minor repairs to plumbing and electrical work. His website is full of testimonials from clients praising his seriousness and professionalism.

Yet Manenti’s past is not that of an ordinary handyman. Convicted in absentia of the murder of a policeman in his native Italy in 1979, the 61-year-old ...

Black Axe gang uses voodoo to snare migrant women in Italy

Palermo flying squad officers thought they had heard it all when it came to mafia oaths, rites and blood ceremonies. They had not counted on voodoo.

But there are newcomers in the narrow streets where Cosa Nostra once ruled, members of a Nigerian mafia called the Black Axe.

They have changed the traditional map of organised crime, profiting from human trafficking, drug trading and rural slavery rackets thanks to the surge of illegal migration across the Mediterranean.

The Sicilian mafia, weak...

Worboys parole: huge rise in number of suspects hunted by police

The number of offenders who are suspected of committing crimes after being released from prison early has ballooned, raising fresh fears over the imminent release of John Worboys, the “black-cab rapist”.

In just three years, the Metropolitan police have recorded a doubling in the number of serious criminals wanted for “recall to prison” because they are believed to have committed further offences after being released on licence.

Last year, Scotland Yard detectives were seeking 1,884 dangerous

More Human Rights & Reporting

Work in Italian and English looking at the impact of class, race and bereavement.

IN PHOTOS: Italy and Black Lives Matter protests against racism police brutality

eaceful demonstrations took place around Italy last weekend as Italians joined people in the United States and around the world in protesting racism and police violence.
Thousands of people took part in sit-ins in Rome, Milan, Florence, Turin, Bologna, Naples and other cities around Italy as part of the wave of Black Lives Matter demonstrations sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of US police.

'The Secret Mourners': Is The UK Letting Down Bereaved Children?

Every 22 minutes a child in the UK is bereaved of a parent. On average, this means one child in every classroom in the country.

However, despite these shocking statistics, charities are warning that young people dealing with grief are “effectively invisible” to the government.

With the NHS facing increasing cuts to its services, it is often up to overstretched charities to meet the needs for appropriate mental health care. It is hardly a trivial issue: healthcare is a human right.

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Podcast Production & Academia

Work from my time at the European University Institute, covering academic research and The Take-Away podcast, dedicated to the COVID-19 edition of the The State of the Union, the EU's annual high-level policy conference.

The science of feedback: what does it take to be really inclusive?

Male, pale and rather stale workforces: is inequality lurking in your feedback?

Professor Zeinab Aboutalebi’s research has shown that this is often the case.

The microeconomist specialises in how the way we gather and disseminate information shapes organisations. Her latest focus has been the intersection of feedback and diversity.

Her findings show that the feedback given to employees from less represented groups is often more reflective of inequality than the actual quality of their work.

Cyber-attacks and fake news: Russia's reply to America's push for democracy in post-Soviet countries

In her Max Weber Lecture at the European University Institute professor Valerie J. Bunce of Cornell University discussed the United States' and Russia’s intervention in each other’s elections – and said American efforts to promote democracy have produced paradoxical results.

“Democracy promotion can promote authoritarianism, not democracy” - Professor Valerie J. Bunce’s theory might seem paradoxical, but it’s the result of years analysing the United States’ push for democracy in post-Soviet cou

Student Journalism

Student journalism, including my piece on the 2015 Paris terrorist attack, which was awarded the Best Feature Award by the Student Publications Association.

Is veganism cruelty free?

Deceived, enslaved, exploited, battered, raped: these are hardly the first words that come to mind when tucking into a salad, yet our fruit and vegetables can hide a disturbing past. The debate about our food industry is fixated on animal rights and environmental issues. However, a closer look at our food system shows that a vegan diet has no claim to the “cruelty free” label. The systematic exploitation of humans in harvesting remains a topic shrouded in deafening silence.

July 2010. Temperatures...

One Sicilian village’s lesson to Britain

We need to build a wall” – when Donald Trump uttered these words, the world lambasted this approach to tackling illegal immigration and crime from Mexico. Surely – we thought – we wouldn’t resort to such measures in Europe. Enter the “Great Wall of Calais” a 13 ft, mile-long wall that will run on both sides of the main road to Calais’ port, costing Britain £1.9m. Human rights associations have warned that this will lead to more extreme attempts to escape the Calais Jungle, described by volunteers as...

Eyewitness in Paris: A first-person account of Friday 13th

Saturday, 14th of November 2015 – “Paris plus vague que l’Océan”. It is with these words that Madame Bovary expressed her idealistic yearning for Paris. But, now, Paris is anything but idyllic: it is silent, still, surreal. The beautiful architecture stands in stark contrast with the terror that has crystallized the city.

The terrorist attacks, for which ISIS have claimed responsibility, have shaken us to the very core. So far, there have been 129 deaths, and around 352 injured. 99 of these inj