INSIDER NEWSDESK
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ROME - The Giornale di Sicilia called for a film on their former journalist, Mario Francese, who was murdered by the mafia, to be blocked on Sunday night, calling the piece "coarsely false," but Mediaset went ahead with its broadcast on Channel Five.

 Francese was a reporter for Il Giornale in the 1970s who began to uncover the changing role and hierarchy of the Cosa Nostra in Sicily. He was murdered outside his home in Jan 1979. The film is part of a fictional series called "Free Dreamers" based around real figures who opposed the mafia in Italy.

22 Jan 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – A senior World Food Programme executive responsible for the UN agency’s hunger-fighting operations in strife-torn Afghanistan has been suspended from duty in Kabul following an external investigation into sexual harassment allegations, UN sources say.

22 Jan 2018
JAN FILIPOWICZ
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ROME— One of the few women executives to reach a high-level position in the macho-dominated world of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, Fernanda Guerrieri, has been axed by the Director General José Graziano da Silva in the latest round of bloodletting at the troubled U.N. agency, FAO sources say.

18 Jan 2018
HELENA LESLIE

ROME - Foreign footballers, companies and expatriates are "playing with fire" by ignoring the ever-widening Italian tax net being cast by the Machiavellian authorities on the peninsula, Dr. Roberto Ciccioli, one of Italy’s top fiscal advisors, says.

18 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN
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ROME - The Italian Insider spoke to Abel Ferrara, one of the most controversial filmmakers of the era, near Piazza Vittorio, his home of several years in the Eternal City. The "shocking" filmmaker was formerly known to critics for what they saw as his troubling subject matter, gritty urban environments, and decadence with films such as Bad Lieutenant and King of New York. He is now a family man with a wife and a young daughter, nearly anonymous on the Roman streets. Catching up with Abel we spoke about his past, his opinions on Rome, and his shift to documentary filmmaking:

16 Jan 2018