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Radio feature: The murder of Soumayla Sacko

Prize-winner 2020
CIVIS AUDIO AWARD – Long Programmes

Writer:Franziska Sophie Dorau
Editorial:Elisabeth Stratka
Feature, Österreichischer Rundfunk

The farmer, Soumayla Sacko, was forced to leave Mali in 2015, because climate change had ruined his farm. In Calabria (Italy), he was employed as an agricultural worker and campaigned for the rights of those agricultural workers whom Italy’s then Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, ridiculed as “new slaves” – and who have long been an integral part of the Italian economy. Soumayla Sacko was shot dead on 2 June 2018.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
An extremely carefully researched, highly informative yet never preaching, utterly compelling story of slavery in the middle of Europe. Empathically yet calmly told, littered with unusually open, disturbing quotes and perfectly produced with technical precision.

flight    human rights   

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