An Italian Journalist has been thrashed over his coverage of mafia activities in Sicily, now under police protection was offered with the ‘Peter Macker Award’ for his outstanding work.
36-year-old Paolo Borrometi is working for an Italian Agency, AGI, before finds his own news website in 2013, La Spia, where he offered the role of organized crime in local agri-business.
In 2014, Mr. Borrometi was attacked by two masked men, left him with permanent wounds to his shoulder, and left Sicily to settle down in Rime, where he is under police protection.
His family’s home town of Modica was also targeted in an attempted arson attack.
After wins the award at the City University of New York, the Italian Journalist has said, “I’m afraid to die. It is true. I don’t know if I will ever have a family or whether I’ll have children.”
Mr. Borrometi continued, “But I’ve dreamed of being a journalist and I defend that dream and I am a journalist.”
Paolo Borrometi has dedicated the prize to three journalists murdered while working, including Maltese Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Giulio Regeni, and Italian Journalist Antonio Megalizzi.
The ‘Peter Macker Award’ was established in 2008 to recognize ethical and courageous journalism. It honors the memory of AFP Journalist Peter Mackler, who dies of a heart attack in the same year.
In 2018, the ‘Peter Macker Award’ went to Montenegro-based freelance reporter Jovo Martinovic, who has also investigated organized crime cases in Europe and war-related crimes in the Balkans.