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First name:  Giuseppe

Last name:  Impastato

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Owner - Founder
  • Media outlet:  Radio Aut
  • Type of media:  radio
  • Born:  5 Jan 1948 Italy

  • Died:  9 May 1978 Italy
  • War zone:  no
  • Targeted? yes

Anti-mafia activist murdered when he was tied to a railway line and explosives placed under his body. He was a left-wing candidate in town council elections in Cinisi at the time. Two mafia chiefs were convicted of his murder in 2001.

  • 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.

  • Also known as Peppino.
    After his death, voters in Cinisi elected him to their town council.
    Founds independent free station "Radio Aut" and denounces crimes and rackets of mafia in Cinisi and Terrasini. Mocks politicians and mafia in satirical programme "Onda Pazza."
    Founds newspaper "L’Idea socialista" and joins leftwing PSIUP party.
    - 1/1948/5
    Born into Palermo mafia family which he soon withdrew from.

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