20 episodes

Organized crime is indiscriminate in who it targets. Not only are conflicts between, and within, criminal groups often settle with violence, but the same violence regularly claims the lives of innocent people.

There are also a very large number of those who are deliberately targeted for murder because they choose to take a stand against organized crime. This podcast tells their stories.

Faces of Assassination Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

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Organized crime is indiscriminate in who it targets. Not only are conflicts between, and within, criminal groups often settle with violence, but the same violence regularly claims the lives of innocent people.

There are also a very large number of those who are deliberately targeted for murder because they choose to take a stand against organized crime. This podcast tells their stories.

    Javier Valdez

    Javier Valdez

    Javier Valdez was an award-winning Mexican journalist at https://riodoce.mx/ (Ríodoce) in Culiacán, Sinaloa. For years he bravely covered the issue of drug trafficking, and for that he was murdered.
    Javier Valdez https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/face/javier-valdez/ (Profile)
    Watch: https://cpj.org/awards/javier-valdez-cardenas-award-acceptance-speech/ (The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) International Press Freedom Award 2011 speech in full.)
    If you would like to explore other profiles on our dedicated website - https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/faces (assassination.globalinitiative.net). Please help us mark the death anniversaries by using the hashtag #AssassinationWitness
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    https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

    • 6 min
    Marielle Franco

    Marielle Franco

    Born and bred in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Marielle Franco was a passionate politician - fighting against rampant police violence in the favelas she called home.
    Marielle represented communities who are often marginalized from politics, threatening the established system. For that she was likely killed.
    Marielle Franco Profile
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    https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

    • 5 min
    Politicians

    Politicians

    It's an election year in Mexico and according to the government at least 64 Mexican politicians have been murdered in the past six months. Yet this phenomenon is not exclusive to Mexico - In Italy, 134 politicians were killed between 1974 and 2014. In Colombia, in 2019, seven political candidates were murdered. And in Uganda, 54 people were murdered in November 2020 during an election campaign.
    The assassination of politicians by organized crime needs greater attention – these murders have a series impact of politics, corruption, and communities across the world.
    Presenter: https://twitter.com/siriagastelum (Siria Gastelum Felix), the Emmy Award-winning Journalist and Director of the https://resiliencefund.globalinitiative.net/ (Resilience Fund at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    Speakers:
    https://twitter.com/gemmadipoppa?lang=en (Gemma Dipoppa), https://web.sas.upenn.edu/gemmad/ (Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at Stanford University.)
    https://twitter.com/antoniosamp?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Antônio Sampaio), https://globalinitiative.net/profile/antonio-sampaio/ (Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    https://twitter.com/romainlecour?lang=en (Romain Le Cour Grandmaison), https://globalinitiative.net/profile/romain-le-cour-grandmaison/ (Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer at Noria Research / PhD Sorbonne University and member of the GI Network of Experts)
    Featured Profile: https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/face/marielle-franco/ (Marielle Franco)
    Help keep their stories alive – by going to our website – https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/faces (assassination.globalinitiative.net), subscribe to our newsletter and this podcast series. Help us remember the death anniversaries, using our hashtag #AssassinationWitness.
    https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/resources (Faces of Assassination e-Book)

    • 43 min
    Wayne Lotter

    Wayne Lotter

    Thousands of Elephants are killed each year in Africa by poachers. The thin red line between these animals and extinction is the scores of brave men and women who risk their lives to protect them.
    One of those brave individuals was a South African called Wayne Lotter – a conservationist and the co-founder of the PAMS Foundation. This is his story.
    https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/face/wayne-lotter/ (Wayne Lotter's profile.)
    If you would like to explore other profiles on our dedicated website - https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/faces (assassination.globalinitiative.net). Please help us mark the death anniversaries by using the hashtag #AssassinationWitness
    Download the free https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/resources (Faces of Assassination e-book)
    https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

    • 4 min
    Mary Rice: Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency

    Mary Rice: Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency

    In this episode, we will be hearing about how the illegal wildlife trade, which is worth billions of dollars annually, is driven by demand in Asia and serviced by well-organized transnational criminal networks. But we will also hear about the dangers, threats and sometime murders that conservationist and environmental defenders suffer at the hands of these same criminal networks.
    Presenter: Ana Paula Oliveira, https://globalinitiative.net/profile/ana-paula-oliveira/ (Analyst at the Global Initiaitive Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    Guest: Mary Rice, the https://eia-international.org/about-us/how-we-are-governed/the-senior-management-team/ (Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency) (EIA)
    Profiles mentioned: https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/face/wayne-lotter/ (Wayne Lotter)
    Reading: https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/Out-of-Africa-SINGLE-PAGES.pdf (Out of Africa: How West and Central Africa have become the epicentre of ivory and pangolin scale trafficking to Asia (EIA Report))
    Join the Global Initiatives https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/ (Assassination Witness Campaign.)
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    • 20 min
    Human Rights Defenders

    Human Rights Defenders

    In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed. It was hoped, would usher in a new age where the fundamental rights of every individual are universally protected.
    To protect and respect those rights such as freedom of expression, protection of the environment, gender equality and women’s rights, human rights defenders play a crucial role. But because they defend these fundamental rights, they are also a constant threat of abuse, violence and even murder.
    Presenter: https://twitter.com/siriagastelum (Siria Gastelum Felix), the Emmy Award-winning Journalist and Director of the https://resiliencefund.globalinitiative.net/ (Resilience Fund at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    Speakers:
    https://twitter.com/MichelleJFoley (Michelle Foley), Memorial Project Coordinator, https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/michelle-foley (Front Line Defenders)
    https://www.hrw.org/about/people/juan-pappier (Juan Pappier), Americas Researcher, https://twitter.com/hrw (Human Rights Watch)
    https://twitter.com/meyermc (Maureen Meyer), https://www.wola.org/people/maureen-meyer/ (the Vice President for Programs and Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights at the Washington Office on Latin America.)
    Featured Profile: https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/face/edwin-dagua/ (Edwin Dagua)
    Help keep their stories alive – by going to our website – https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/faces (assassination.globalinitiative.net), subscribe to our newsletter and this podcast series. Help us remember the death anniversaries, using our hashtag #AssassinationWitness.
    https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/resources (Faces of Assassination e-Book)

    • 48 min

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