Roberto Saviano credit Justin Griffiths-Williams

Roberto Saviano

The War Against Organised Crime

Festival of Ideas/
Tue 30 June 2015

Roberto Saviano

The War Against Organised Crime

Roberto Saviano credit Justin Griffiths-Williams
Tue 30 June 2015,

Roberto Saviano’s international bestseller Gomorrah, which exposed the Neapolitan crime syndicate the Camorra, means he faces the possibility of retribution every day. Gomorrah — which has sold 10 million copies around the world, is a film and now a TV-series — earned Saviano a death sentence from the crime bosses he had exposed. For the past nine years he has lived under constant armed guard, moving from one secret location to another. None of this has deterred him from waging war on organised crime: his work has helped secure life sentences for 16 mafia ringleaders but it means he lives under police protection 24-hours a day. Saviano will talk about his life in hiding and his beginnings as a reporter on the streets of Naples. His latest work of investigative reporting, Zero Zero Zero, goes deep into global cocaine trade. He reveals how the $400 billion a year generated by drugs trafficking filters into the international banking system through money laundering from Wall Street to the City of London. The result is a harrowing synthesis of literary narrative and geopolitical analysis of one of the most powerful dark forces in the global economy. The cocaine trade isn’t just a playground for criminals, Saviano argues. It is part of the structure of our global economy where some of the biggest players — the banks — have profited without facing a single criminal conviction. Most drug-war narratives feel safely removed from our own lives; Saviano offers no such comfort. Hear one of the world’s bravest reporters in this rare appearance.

Roberto Saviano will speak in Italian with questions and answers translated for the audience. Translation on the night will be provided by Andrea Zhok.

The event will be introduced by Federico Varese. 

Photo Credit:  Justin Griffiths-Williams

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