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Irene Caselli

I am a freelance multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience in print and broadcasting. I report for the BBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian and Univisión and am a contributing editor for Index on Censorship magazine. After a decade reporting out of Latin America, I am currently working on A Girls' Game, a project on female football and gender equality. 
I am fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and German, and have intermediate French and Portuguese. Trained to work in hostile environments, I was the BBC correspondent in Venezuela when Hugo Chávez died. I also worked for the BBC in Argentina and Ecuador, as a correspondent, and in London, as a producer. My interests include violence and insecurity, human rights, women, the environment, health and culture.


Nadia Nadim fled Afghanistan with her mother and four sisters after the Taliban killed her father. Their journey took them to Denmark, whom Nadia now represents at international level. This is the second episode in the three-part series "A Woman's Game". Each episode features women from different parts of the world who dedicated their lives to football, a sport dominated by men. This short won me and my team the Hostwriter Prize 2018 for collaborative journalism.



In Argentina, some women are taking advantage of their late years to fulfill a dream many had as little girls: becoming a dancer. They are called Ballet 40/90 – and the name is a good hint. The younger are over 50, the oldest is 86. The group has had a show on in Buenos Aires every year for almost two decades. I went to see them and prepared this report for BBC Radio Five Live.


In 2012, while working in Ecuador, I broke the story that the Ecuadorean government was to give Julian Assange asylum. That story appeared in The Guardian and it had repercussions worldwide. This is an interview I did for Al Jazeera in the aftermath of the story.


Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez died of cancer on March 5, 2013. I was the BBC's correspondent in Caracas and this was my first report focusing on the reaction of people in the street.


After his historic visit to Cuba in March 2016, President Barack Obama moved on to Argentina, where he met President Mauricio Macri - the first bilateral visit by a US president in 19 years. What was initially meant as a trip focusing on economics and trade became controversial because of its timing. It coincided with the 40th anniversary of a coup that installed a bloody military rule. This was my report from Buenos Aires for BBC World.


The final verdict in the historic human rights trial of Operation Condor took place in Argentina in May 2016. Operation Condor was a campaign of state-sponsored terror organised by South American dictatorships in the 1970s, designed to hunt down political opponents across the continent. This was my report for BBC World.

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