Maria Concetta Cacciola was the daughter of a powerful mafia boss in Calabria. It's home to one of the most ruthless mafia organisations that call themselves the 'ndrangheta. Connie Agius spoke to Antonio Dottore about her life.
In the name of “culture” and “honour” young girls born into the ‘ndrangheta mafia in Calabria lose their sense of identity. Those who seek freedom pay a terrible price. Connie Agius joined Jane Garvey to reveal what she has found out.
Unlike Australia, Italy is forced to absorb hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees -- more than 131,000 have arrived on the country's shores by boat just this year. As the immigration sector thrives, so too do the organised crime groups. They're making a killing from the public contracts for asylum seeker services on offer. ABC journalist Connie Agius spent five months in Sicily and Calabria looking at migration and mafia groups.
Citizen journalism played an import role in the uprising of the Arab spring and, with places like Syria often too dangerous to cover first hand, media outlets are increasingly relying on content and information from non-professional journalists. Yet the rise of this technologically connected citizen-journalist comes with its own problems. How is social media influencing the core journalistic value of verification?