Irene Caselli

Irene Caselli

Napoli, Italy


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Irene Caselli

I am a freelance multimedia journalist with 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 in Latin America, I am now based in Naples, Italy, 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.

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My thoughts on the popular Neapolitan four-book series that begins with My Brilliant Friend.


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For The Atlantic's City Lab, a profile of Ecuador's oldest mountaineer.


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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/argentina-is-in-default-and-also-maybe-in-denial/?_r=0

A story I wrote for The New York Times about Argentina's default in 2014.


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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/aug/14/julian-assange-asylum-ecuador-wikileaks

The story that I broke for The Guardian in 2012 about Ecuador's decision to grant Julian Assange asylum.


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Audio

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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