Strange house robbery of a Neapolitan journalist: stolen hard drives and tapes on waste business
Thieves have made a careful selection of the material that was in the house. They took a laptop computer, a hard disk, a number of video cassettes, some USB memory cards and all the memory cards from the camera
AVELLINO – On March 14, someone entered from the window into the home of the journalist Mr. Alessandro Iacuelli, taking advantage of the journalist’s absence, and stole all the footage shot over the past four years used for investigative reports on the illegal disposal of toxic wastes in southern Italy. Some of the material is still unpublished.
Thieves have made a careful selection of the material that was in the house. They took a laptop computer, a hard disk, a number of video cassettes, some USB memory cards and all the memory cards from the camera.
Mr. Alessandro Iacuelli, a Neapolitan free lance journalist, has a degree in Physics and teaches at the High School for Hospitality of the Irpinian capital. In 2008 he published the investigative book Le vie infinite dei rifiuti (The infinite ways of waste), in which names were made of the “gentlemen” who enrich themselves through the illicit trafficking of garbage. The work of Mr. Iacuelli has been used for the realization of the White Paper on Eco-Mafias from Legambiente, a document that has sparked the public attention on this lucrative business. A documentary, under the title “Dirty Business”, co-produced by the German TV ZDF and France, was also based on the book of Mr. Iacuelli.
The ZDF video, which was aired for the first time to the German public, presented exclusive footage on the illicit waste trade and the connivance of dishonest European officials, which originates from Campania, reaches Germany, and from there moves on to Romania and other countries.
Mr. Iacuelli has committed himself to have the documentary shown in Italy. “I had subtitles to the German broadcast be done in Italian and for the past couple of years I have presented it during public meetings in which I introduce myself as an adviser. I tell people the tragic story of toxic wastes by organizing conferences, screenings and discussions. Since I started this business – the journalist said – I have had serious problems.” He has been the victim of threats and intimidation. He once found a paper bomb at the front door of her parents’ house with a threatening note attached to it; and in another episode, in Rome where he used to live, his car windows have been smashed and confetti were thrown at him: in mafia-speek it meant a warning.
“I’ve always reported these facts to the courts and I continued ahead because – says Mr. Iacuelli – I believe it is our right to inform the public and it is only right to cooperate with justice. They want to scare me, but I am not intimidated.”
In the aftermath of the strange theft, he has organized a screening of his new documentary in Avellino. “I’m not worried about me – he concludes – but for my staff, and that is why I hope to turn on the spotlight on this issue. The interests that revolve around the illegal disposal of industrial wastes is very strong and the chain of command is very large, extending beyond Italy. “