Concerned with the growing links between organized crime and the current health crisis, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime had the privilege of bringing together four leading figures in Italy’s fight against the mafia for a virtual roundtable to discuss how the mafia is repositioning itself during the pandemic, what the implications are and how the Italian government is responding.

We feature interviews with:

  • Federico Cafiero de Raho, Italian National Anti-Mafia and Counterterrorism Public Prosecutor
  • Nicola Morra, Chairman of the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission
  • Franco Gabrielli, Italian Chief of Police and Director General of Public Security
  • Nicola Gratteri, Public Prosecutor of Catanzaro, Calabria

A parallel contagion

The interviews were led by Sergio Nazzaro, a journalist, writer and adviser to the Italian Anti-Mafia parliamentary commission. Since November 2018, Nazzaro has served as the spokesperson for both the President of the Anti-Mafia parliamentary commission and Italy’s Deputy Minister of the Interior. In January 2020, he was appointed voluntary spokesperson for Italy’s Deputy Minister of Health for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Nazzaro is a member of the GI-TOC Network of Experts.

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Sergio Nazzaro

Sergio writes investigative reports mainly on national and international organized crime, with particular reference to the mafia of African origin. His latest books are: “Castel Volturno reportage on the Mafia African” published by Einaudi and “Nigerian mafia, the first investigation of the anti-trafficking task force” by Città Nuova, among many others.
For the Italian Wired magazine, Sergio realized the exclusive reportage on the last secret NATO bunker in Italy.
In 2013, he was awarded the “Peace Witness – Press section.” prize. He is also an adviser to the Anti-Mafia parliamentary commission as a Camorra expert and foreign mafias expert, with particular relevance to those of African origin.

Since November 2018, Sergio serves as spokesman for the President of the Anti-Mafia parliamentary commission and also as the spokesperson for Italy’s Deputy Minister of the Interior. Since January 2020, he is the voluntary spokesperson for Italy’s Deputy Minister of Health for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.
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