Margherita Bettoni is an investigative journalist specialising in organised crime, human right abuses and gender-related violence. She has been investigating Italian Mafia-organisations in Germany since 2014 and she has been working on cross-border investigations as a part of international teams.

She co-authored the books "Die Mafia in Deutschland. Kronzeugin Maria G. packt aus" about Italian Mafias in Germany, “Corona: Geschichte eines angekündigten Sterbens” about the Covid-19 pandemic and “Alle drei Tage” about femicides in Germany. Her investigations have featured in Spiegel magazine, in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, on and Margherita also works for the public German broadcaster MDR.

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Margherita Bettoni
Organised crime, human right abuses and gender-based violence

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.

How often does sexual harassment occur in the medical sector?

  • Healthcare
  • Human Rights

BERLIN - From Croatia to France, from Germany to Italy, a team of journalists came across cases of sexual harassment and sexualised violence in physician-patient interactions.

Neo-Black Movement a.k.a. Black Axe - social movement or international criminal network?

  • Finance
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

NIGERIA, GERMANY - In the 1970s Nigerian students founded a fraternity to fight against oppression and racism. Today, their name appears worldwide in connection with criminal activities. What happened?