Every journalist writing about these criminal groups has been watched at one time or another. Roberto Saviano, author of the bestseller “Gomorra”, an exposé of the Camorra, is forced to live under round-the-clock police protection, as are dozens of other journalists. Giovanni Tizian, who has carried out detailed research on the ’Ndrangheta, was also placed under police protection in January this year after receiving threats.
Lirio Abbate, correspondent in Palermo for the news agency Ansa and author of “I Complici” (The Accomplices) also lives under police protection, as does (since March 2008) Rosaria Capacchione, who has covered the Camorra for the main Naples daily Il Mattino for more than 20 years. She and Saviano are both hunted by the Casalesi clan.