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First name:  Carmine

Last name:  Pecorelli

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Managing editor - Investigative journalist
  • Media outlet:  Opinione Politica
  • Type of media:  print media
  • Born:  13 June 1928 Italy

  • Died:  20 March 1979 Italy
  • Targeted? yes

Shot in his car near his offices in Rome after revealing details of Prime Minister Aldo Moro’s kidnapping and announcing he would publish evidence linking Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti with the mafia. Andreotti and mafia boss Gaetano Badalamenti were sentenced to 24 years in prison by an appeals court in 2002 for ordering the murder but were later acquitted.

  • Italy - Mafia
  • The mafia developed in mid 19th century rural Sicily as a rejection of the Italian government’s imposition of modern rule and a police force. It is based on feudal and clan-based relationships and mafia "families" operate property and drug rackets, with killings as necessary. They force businesses to pay protection money (pizzo) and often kill those who refuse. The mafia linked up with other criminal organisations after World War II and especially from the 1960s. Violence is the mafia’s signature and it increased from the 1980s as rivalry between the "families" grew. The Sicilian branch of the mafia is better known as the Cosa Nostra. Two other branches have emerged, the Camorra in Naples and the ’Ndrangheta in Calabria.

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