Cecilia Anesi (1987) is an Italian journalist and reporter at the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism based in Italy and member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

Graduated in Journalism with Sociology at City University London in 2011, she co-authored the investigative journalism documentary Toxic Europe which won the Best International Organised Crime Report Award 2011 and was nominated in the Data Journalism Award 2012.

Cecilia works on investigations in team. The latest have been Food for Fraud (2013), on counterfeited food; The Suntech Saga (2014), an ICIJ's Chinaleaks spinoff unveiling the rise and fall of China's largest solar panel producer passing from the BVI and reaching through intermediates the Italian mafia; The Wolves of Europe (2014) which unveiled the life and magic of a group of fraudsters, the same behind the fake bonds provided to Suntech. The latter was co-produced with German noprofit journalism centre CORRECT!V, and published in four languages by CORRECT!V, the Tages-Anzeiger, L'Espresso, Il Dispaccio and El Confidencial.

Cecilia also writes, along with Giulio Rubino, for the CORRECT!V MafiaBlog on Italian and transnational organised crime.

Basic information

Cecilia Anesi
Italian mafia, organised crime

Supported projects

The Cocaine Ports

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

CALABRIA - This two-part series, based on two years of research by reporters from IrpiMedia and OCCRP, explores how the 'Ndrangheta's network operates.

Mafias and the Far Right: The City of London Connection

  • Corruption
  • Organised crime

Massimo Carminati, boss of an alleged mafia group in Rome, is said to have made millions of euros before his arrest in December 2014. But this financial treasure is nowhere to be found.

The African Line

  • Organised crime

The Calabrian mafia ‘Ndrangheta's primary source of money is cocaine. How do they traffic the drug from South America to Europe and Africa leaving virtually no trace?

Mafia in Africa 2

  • Industry
  • Organised crime

Mafia in Africa 2 exposes the fraudulent business empire of Italian criminal Curio Pintus, who was sentenced to three years in jail in 2001 for laundering drug money for the 'ndrangheta, but remains active as CEO of US “merchant bank”, the Pintus Group.

Mafia in Africa

  • Industry
  • Organised crime

The Italian mafia has established a hidden but lethal presence in Africa. Its members own diamond mines, nightclubs and land, all with the complicity of corrupt regimes.

Pulp fiction: Chinese tomato puree, made in Italy

  • Agriculture

SALERNO - A great amount of capital is invested in agriculture and gains juicy but illegal returns. Nearly one in three 'Made in Italy'-labeled goods sold in Italy or exported elsewhere are produced with non-Italian products.