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Melilla Cover-up | Border Outrage: Uncovering the truth about deaths in Melilla

Nomination 2023

Author:Maud Jullien, Head of the Investigation: Klaas Van Dijken 
Editorial:Georgia Bempelou
Direction:Maud Jullien
Documentary, Lighthouse Reports

What happened at the border post of the Spanish exclave of Melilla on June 24, 2022? From Moroccan soil, a group of African asylum seekers tried to gain access there. At least 23 people were killed, and 77 others remain missing to this day. The governments of Spain and Morocco left unanswered the crucial questions about the circumstances and responsibility. With forensic analysis of the available acoustic and visual data, the Lighthouse reporters, supported by Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El Pais, make the events comprehensible.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
“Using extremely precise journalistic craft, the reportage reconstructs, dissects and proves a particularly blatant case of pushback, the violent repulsion of refugees at Europe’s borders. What happened in Melilla is just one example of the cynical EU migration policy. The short investigative format, as sober as it is startling, forces a look at inhumane practices that Europe likes to blank out or dismisses hastily.”

asylum    flight    human rights   

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