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About Mia
Filmmaker and multimedia journalist with six years of reporting experience with a focus on Europe and Latin America. Currently based in Brazil and available for assignments in digital video, broadcast reporting, writing, photography, producing and fixing.

Some of Alberti's top clients include BBC News, Al Jazeera, CNN and TRT World. Native Portuguese, fluent in  English and Spanish, understands French and Italian.
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Gang leader Jimmy 'Barbecue' Cherizier stated that illegal groups are open to 'dialogue' in Haiti

29 Mar 2024  |  cnnespanol.cnn.com
Jimmy 'Barbecue' Cherizier, leader of the Haitian gang collective Viv Ansam, expressed openness to dialogue to end the country's violence, criticizing the corrupt political system and foreign intervention. He warned that any foreign military presence, particularly from Kenya, would be met with force, viewing them as invaders. Despite acknowledging some of the group's actions as 'bad,' Cherizier emphasized the need for armed groups to be included in negotiations to achieve peace.

Former Brazilian soccer player Robinho arrested after failed appeal

22 Mar 2024  |  localnews8.com
Former Brazilian footballer Robson de Souza, known as Robinho, was arrested by Federal Police in Santos, São Paulo, after Brazil's Supreme Court denied his appeal to remain out of custody while judicial appeals against his conviction are exhausted. Robinho faces nine years in prison for gang raping a woman in Italy in 2013. His defense team had sought to allow him to serve his sentence in Italy and remain free during the appeal process. Robinho, who has denied the charges, is expected to face a custody hearing before being sent to a detention facility.

Israeli tank fire killed Reuters journalist in October attack, CNN analysis suggests

07 Dec 2023  |  abc17news.com
Israeli tank fire killed Reuters videographer Issam Abdallah and injured six other journalists in southern Lebanon on October 13, according to CNN's forensic analysis. Investigations by Reuters, AFP, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch suggest the strike was deliberate. The Israel Defense Forces deny targeting journalists, stating the incident is under review. The attack occurred amid crossfire between Israel and Hezbollah. Various experts and organizations have criticized the incident, calling for accountability and adherence to international law.

Israeli tank fire killed Reuters journalist in October attack, CNN analysis suggests

07 Dec 2023  |  keyt.com
On October 13, a double strike by Israeli tank fire in southern Lebanon killed Reuters videographer Issam Abdallah and injured six other journalists. Investigations by Reuters, AFP, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch suggest the attack was deliberate. Israel Defense Forces claim they do not target journalists and the incident is under review. The IDF responded to a Hezbollah attack on Israeli territory with artillery and tank fire. Forensic analysis by CNN and experts indicate the journalists were hit by a 120 mm tank shell from Israel. The journalists were wearing press flak jackets and helmets, and their presence was likely known due to Israeli surveillance capabilities. The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other organizations have called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

Israeli tank fire killed Reuters journalist in October attack, CNN analysis suggests

07 Dec 2023  |  cnn.com
A CNN forensic analysis suggests that Israeli tank fire killed Reuters videographer Issam Abdallah and injured six other journalists during a double strike in southern Lebanon on October 13. Investigations by Reuters, AFP, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch claim the strike was deliberate. Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Richard Hecht stated that Israel does not target journalists. The IDF is reviewing the incident, which occurred during an exchange of fire with Hezbollah. AFP photographer Christina Assi was severely injured. The Committee to Protect Journalists and other investigations indicate a pattern of lethal force by the IDF against journalists, with at least 20 journalist killings since 2001. Amnesty International found no military targets at the strike site, suggesting the attack could constitute a war crime. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Pentagon urged for an investigation and protection of civilians, including the press.

Venezuela’s president orders creation of new state and map including land from Guyana

06 Dec 2023  |  krdo.com
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the creation of a new state, 'Guayana Esequiba,' and a new map that includes territory from Guyana following a Venezuelan referendum approving the annexation. The disputed Essequibo region is oil-rich and constitutes a significant portion of Guyana's territory. Guyana views this as an existential threat, while Maduro has initiated measures such as oil and mining exploration licenses and a census to grant Venezuelan nationality to residents in the area. International reactions include Guyana's engagement with the US and Brazil for defense cooperation, and the US State Department's call for a peaceful resolution. The move comes as Maduro faces a challenging re-election campaign, with the opposition gaining momentum. Guyana has transformed economically since ExxonMobil's oil discovery off the Essequibo coast, with projections to surpass Venezuela's oil production.

Israel expands war into southern Gaza as UN warns of ‘blatant disregard for basic humanity’

05 Dec 2023  |  WREX
The Israeli Defense Forces have expanded their operations into southern Gaza, particularly in Khan Younis, amid intense battles with Hamas fighters. The United Nations has warned of an 'apocalyptic' situation with no safe places for civilians. The conflict has led to significant casualties and a dire humanitarian crisis, with hospitals overwhelmed and aid operations severely hampered. UN officials and humanitarian organizations have called for the protection of civilians and criticized the ongoing violence. The situation remains critical, with widespread displacement and insufficient resources to meet the needs of the affected population.

Israeli tank fire killed Reuters journalist in October attack, CNN analysis suggests

13 Oct 2023  |  www.aol.com
A CNN forensic analysis suggests that Israeli tank fire killed Reuters videographer Issam Abdallah and injured six other journalists in southern Lebanon on October 13. Investigations by Reuters, AFP, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch claim the strike was deliberate. Israel Defense Forces state they do not target journalists and the incident is under review. AFP photographer Christina Assi had her leg amputated due to the strike. The IDF acknowledged the exchange of fire with Hezbollah but has not admitted to targeting journalists. The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Committee to Protect Journalists have called for investigations into the incident.

Now a wanted man, Lebanon’s central bank head steps down

31 Jul 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Riad Salameh's 30-year tenure as governor of Lebanon's central bank ends amid accusations of money laundering, fraud, and embezzlement. Under his leadership, Lebanon experienced one of the worst economic crises in modern times, with financial losses exceeding $72 billion. Salameh's strategies, initially praised for stabilizing the banking sector, eventually led to financial collapse. He faces multiple charges both domestically and internationally, but remains in Lebanon, protected by political allies. The article highlights the lack of political will for necessary reforms, casting doubt on Lebanon's economic recovery.

After timezone fiasco, Lebanese ask for real change

30 Mar 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Lebanon's recent timezone debacle has intensified public frustration with the government, highlighting the country's deep-seated issues, including severe financial crisis, government corruption, and inadequate public services. Various Lebanese citizens express their despair and call for significant reforms, emphasizing the need for accountability, economic stability, and improved education and healthcare systems. The article captures the widespread sentiment of hopelessness and the urgent demand for change among the Lebanese populace.

‘My life’s empty’: Father who lost family in Lebanon boat tragedy

28 Sep 2022  |  www.aljazeera.com
Mohamad Fares, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, recounts the tragic loss of his wife and three children when their overcrowded boat capsized off the coast of Syria. The family, driven by Lebanon's severe financial crisis, had hoped to find a better life in Europe. The article highlights the dire conditions in Lebanon, the risks taken by refugees, and the personal devastation experienced by Fares, who survived the tragedy but lost his entire family.

Lebanon’s ‘Wonder Woman’ in hiding after bank heist

21 Sep 2022  |  www.aljazeera.com
Sali Hafiz, dubbed Lebanon's 'Wonder Woman,' is in hiding after using a replica gun to demand her own money from Blom Bank to pay for her sister's medical expenses. The act has sparked a wave of similar actions by other depositors amid Lebanon's severe financial crisis, where banks have imposed strict withdrawal limits. Hafiz's actions have made her a symbol of resistance against the financial institutions, which many Lebanese accuse of stealing their money. The article also highlights the broader economic struggles faced by Lebanese citizens, including Ibrahim Abdallah, who has millions trapped in his account and struggles to support his family.

Maritime gas dispute risks conflict between Lebanon and Israel

20 Sep 2022  |  www.aljazeera.com
A maritime border dispute over the Karish gasfield between Lebanon and Israel could potentially escalate into conflict. While Lebanon's President Michel Aoun indicates negotiations are in the final stages, Israel plans to begin gas extraction, which Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah has deemed a red line. Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz warned of consequences if Hezbollah harms the offshore rig. The dispute centers on the delineation of the maritime border, with both countries having different interpretations and stakes in the matter. The US is mediating the negotiations, which have seen some progress but also face the risk of collapse. The outcome is crucial for Lebanon's economic crisis, as internal oil production could alleviate energy shortages and strengthen its position in IMF loan negotiations. However, experts caution that a deal is not a substitute for necessary economic reforms.

Netflix film Perfect Strangers challenges Middle East taboos

04 Feb 2022  |  www.aljazeera.com
Perfect Strangers, Netflix's first Arabic movie, has sparked significant controversy in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, for its portrayal of women's sexuality and LGBT rights. The film, which became the most-watched on Netflix in the region, has faced criticism and calls for bans from conservative figures. The controversy highlights ongoing cultural tensions around representation and censorship in the Arab world. Experts and activists argue that such films are crucial for challenging taboos and promoting open conversations about sexuality and gender. Social media has played a dual role, providing a platform for both activism and harassment. The film's impact underscores the importance of representation in media for marginalized communities.

Portugal's undertakers struggle to cope with waves of COVID dead

19 Feb 2021  |  Al Jazeera
Portugal's funeral industry workers, facing an overwhelming number of COVID-19 deaths, have been working non-stop, with funeral homes like Funeraria Velhinho and Servilusa struggling to manage the surge. The country saw record-high cases and deaths in January, pushing the healthcare system to its limits. Undertakers like Jose Santos and Eduardo Martins have been deeply affected, with Santos criticizing the lack of dignity for the deceased and the emotional toll on families unable to say goodbye properly. Industry professionals are frustrated at not being prioritized in the vaccination drive. Psychologists like Joana Soares from Sao Joao Hospital note the risk of burnout and mental health issues among frontline workers.

Brazil’s Amazon is burning: ‘Some families lost everything’

22 Aug 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
The Amazon region in Brazil has seen an 83 percent increase in fires, with significant damage to property, crops, and indigenous lands. The fires have been linked to both natural dry season conditions and increased deforestation. President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies have been criticized as contributing to the problem. The Brazilian space research centre INPE and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) have provided data and expert analysis, while the Public Prosecutor in the State of Para is investigating the origins of the fires. Affected individuals and environmental advocates express fear, frustration, and blame towards the government for the situation.

Brazil: Teachers, students protest ‘scandalous cuts’ to education

15 May 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Tens of thousands of students, teachers, and researchers across Brazil protested against government cuts to the education budget, accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of ideological attacks and using budget cuts to pressure Congress for pension reform. Protests occurred in 27 cities, with significant participation in Sao Paulo. Education Minister Abraham Weintraub defended the cuts as necessary contingencies, while opposition politicians accused the government of using them as blackmail. The cuts will significantly impact federal universities, which have already faced declining funding for years.

Brazil: Native groups protest against ‘anti-indigenous’ Bolsonaro

24 Apr 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Thousands of indigenous people from across Brazil have convened in Brasilia for the Free Land Camp, the country's largest indigenous protest, to oppose President Jair Bolsonaro's policies. Over 4,000 participants from various tribes are protesting measures such as the transfer of land demarcation to the Ministry of Agriculture and the elimination of indigenous education and health offices. Bolsonaro's support for Amazon exploitation and his accusations against NGOs have further fueled tensions. The Articulation of the Indigenous People of Brazil (APIB) criticizes the government's failure to address indigenous issues and opposes the deployment of special-forces police. The event includes a vigil and a planned march, with previous marches resulting in clashes. Indigenous leaders, including Sonia Guajajara, express determination to fight for their existence and rights.

Brazil: Two ex-policemen arrested over murder of Marielle Franco

12 Mar 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Two former police officers, Ronnie Lessa and Elcio Vieira de Queiroz, were arrested in Rio de Janeiro for the 2018 murder of black activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes. The arrests occurred days before the anniversary of the shooting. Lessa is accused of firing the shots, while Queiroz is accused of driving the ambush vehicle. The case has raised questions about who ordered the killing, with Franco being a prominent figure against police brutality and for the rights of women and the LGBT community. The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, mentioned the possibility of a second investigation.

Venezuelans vow to continue protests as clashes turn deadly

24 Feb 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Violent clashes in Venezuelan border towns resulted in at least two deaths as President Nicolas Maduro blocked US-supplied aid convoys. Protesters, including Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, attempted to bring in aid, facing tear gas and rubber bullets from troops loyal to Maduro. Over 60 soldiers defected, mostly from lower ranks. Maduro severed diplomatic ties with Colombia, while Guaido confirmed a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Bogota. Despite the violence, some aid was reported to have entered Venezuela.

Rival concerts held as Venezuela power struggle intensifies

22 Feb 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Rival concerts in Cucuta, Colombia, highlight the power struggle between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido. Richard Branson's Venezuelan Aid Live concert aims to raise $100 million for food and medicine, while Maduro's government hosts a counter-festival. Guaido, backed by the US and other countries, plans to bring aid into Venezuela despite Maduro's blockade. The crisis has led to heightened security and border closures, with millions of Venezuelans fleeing the country due to hyperinflation and shortages. The situation remains tense as both sides prepare for a potential confrontation over the aid.

Portugal's wildfire that broke a community

12 Jan 2019  |  www.bbc.com
The article covers the aftermath of the devastating wildfire that hit central Portugal in June of the previous year, particularly focusing on the Pedrógão Grande region. The fire, which was the deadliest in Portuguese history, resulted in 66 deaths, injured 253, destroyed 485 houses, and burned 53,000 hectares of land. The journalist, Mia Alberti, describes the ongoing trauma and recovery efforts in the community, including the psychological impact on survivors and the economic challenges faced by local businesses. The government has implemented new regulations to prevent future fires, but issues like rapid eucalyptus growth and lack of raw materials for the wood industry persist. The community is striving to rebuild and recover, with some signs of normalcy returning a year after the tragedy.

Joenia Wapichana: The first indigenous woman elected to Brazil's Congress

12 Jan 2019  |  Al Jazeera
Joenia Wapichana, an indigenous lawyer, has been elected to Brazil's Congress, becoming the first Indigenous woman to do so. Her election is a historic moment for the indigenous community, which has been underrepresented in politics. Wapichana's victory is seen as a triumph for the over 900,000 indigenous people in Brazil, especially after a year marked by violent land conflicts and governmental neglect. The article highlights the challenges faced by indigenous groups, such as threats from agribusiness interests and potential adverse effects of the presidential election. Wapichana aims to fight for indigenous rights by opposing detrimental legislative amendments, stopping harmful projects on indigenous lands, and advocating for better health services and political representation for minority groups.

Brazil Indigenous Protest Camp Enters Second Day. The free land indigenous camp in Brasilia is into its second day, with conflicts over ancestral lands at the center of protests. Our correspondent, Mia Alberti, has been talking to some of those directly affected by the violence.

In Brazil Lula's lawyers respond to the UN's declaration that Lula be allowed to run in the upcoming presidential elections.

Brazil’s first female indigenous vice presidential candidate. Sonia Guajajara is a Socialism and Liberty Party candidate for the vice presidency of Brazil, the first indigenous person to run for that position, with Guilherme Boulos running for president.

Brazilian women fight to turn the tide in politics

12 Jan 2019  |  Al Jazeera
The article discusses the underrepresentation of women, particularly black and transgender women, in Brazilian politics. Erica Malunguinho, a transgender woman running for state deputy in Sao Paulo, highlights the systemic barriers faced by such candidates. Despite women making up over half of the electorate, they only represent 31 percent of candidates in the upcoming elections, barely meeting the minimum quota. The Supreme Electoral Court mandated that political parties must allocate at least 30 percent of campaign funds to female candidates after findings suggested previous tokenism. The assassination of Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco, a black activist, is cited as an example of the dangers faced by women in politics. The article also critiques the lack of focus on women's rights in male candidates' campaigns, with specific mention of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro's controversial remarks and high rejection rates among women. Protests are planned against Bolsonaro's candidacy and to demand better representation and treatment of women in politics.

Iran protests: Social media blocked, fake news thrives

03 Jan 2018  |  www.aljazeera.com
Protesters in Iran are utilizing social media to communicate the situation in their country amid restricted journalistic access. However, the proliferation of fake news is compromising the integrity of the information, exemplified by a misattributed video from 2009 being circulated as recent footage.

Nigerians tell absent Buhari: ‘Resume or resign’

11 Aug 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
Nigerian protesters in Lagos and Abuja demand that President Muhammadu Buhari either resume his duties or resign after a 90-day absence for an undisclosed illness. The #ResumeOrResign campaign, founded by Adeyanju Deji, expresses frustration over the lack of transparency regarding Buhari's health. Meanwhile, a pro-Buhari group advocates for patience as the president recuperates. Buhari, who has been away for treatment, has temporarily transferred power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Protests in Japan as anti-conspiracy bill passed

16 Jun 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
Japan's ruling coalition passed a controversial anti-conspiracy law targeting terrorism and serious crimes, sparking protests in Tokyo. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended the law as a measure to protect citizens and align with international efforts against crime. Critics argue it infringes on freedom of expression and privacy, with concerns voiced by UN's Joseph Cannataci and US whistleblower Edward Snowden. Despite opposition, the bill was approved after extensive debate, adding 277 new crimes to the law, many of which are seen as targeting ordinary citizens.

Through the art of Palestinian cross-stitching, refugee women in the Jerash Camp in Jordan are being empowered and sharing their heritage around the world.

Welcome to the Conflict Cafe, a pop-up restaurant that invites diners to discuss peace by introducing them to food from different conflict zones.

Portugal’s Socialist leader ready to govern after tumultuous week in politics

12 Nov 2015  |  The Independent
Antonio Costa, leader of Portugal's Socialist Party, is prepared to become the prime minister after a politically volatile week. Despite winning the most votes, the centre-right administration lasted only 11 days before a no-confidence motion supported by a leftist coalition, including the Socialist Party, BE, and PCP. Costa has pledged to adhere to spending limits but also to ease austerity measures. The country's President, Anibal Cavaco Silva, is consulting with various groups before deciding on appointing a new coalition or calling elections. Finance Minister Maria Luis Albuquerque warned of economic consequences similar to Greece's crisis. The caretaker government approved the sale of the state airline TAP, which the Socialists opposed. Analysts and Socialist colleagues of Costa assure that Portugal will not follow Greece's path and there is no risk of a new bailout.

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