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How to kill an investigation

With Lorenzo Bagnoli, Matthew Caruana Galizia, Antonella Napolitano, Ilaria Fevola

23 September 2023    12:00 - 13:00

Fondazione Collegio San Carlo – Sala Verde

Via San Carlo 5
Modena, 41121 Italia


From intimidation, physical and psychological, to new techniques – licit and illicit – for deleting a story from search engines, more and more ways are being used to silence journalists or “rewrite” the story.

Story Killers”, the investigation conducted by Forbidden Stories and an international consortium on the disinformation industry, chronicled some of the ways in which an investigation can be stopped.

Beginning with the killing of a journalist in India, it investigated how an Israeli company produces trolls that pollute public discourse and looked at the tactics through which Eliminalia, a Hispanic-Ukrainian web reputation company, makes articles disappear from the Internet on behalf of its clients, which include convicted felons and drug traffickers.

Together with Matthew Caruana Galizia (via call), the son of Daphne, the journalist murdered in Malta in 2017, we will take stock of the various threats that jeopardize the freedoms of journalism, and then talk about the Italian case. It is not enough to denounce the crimes: we need to build new defense strategies.

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Lorenzo Bagnoli

Co-director of IrpiMedia

Lorenzo Bagnoli is co-director of IrpiMedia. He has been a journalist since 2009. In 2019 he participated in The authoritarian playbook, a podcast by the American non-profit organisation The Ground Truth Project. In 2022 he worked on Cities for Rent,…

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Ilaria Fevola

Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19

Ilaria Fevola is an experienced human rights lawyer and activist specializing in the right to freedom of expression, the right to information, and media freedom. She currently works as a Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19 in London, a global freedom…

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Matthew Caruana Galizia


Matthew Caruana Galizia is a journalist and software engineer. He has worked at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on six major investigations, “Offshore Leaks,” “Swiss Leaks,” “Luxembourg Leaks,” “Fatal Extraction,” “Panama Papers,” and “Paradise Papers.” ICIJ and its…

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Antonella Napolitano

Tech policy expert

Antonella Napolitano is a tech policy expert and advisor on strategic comms and impact, with a focus on technology on society and human rights, particularly on migration, welfare and reproductive rights. Currently, she works with public interest journalism newsrooms and…

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