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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: Tomatoes,Refugees and Modern Slavery


Previously I posted a film from DW on the same topic DW: Farmhand or slave? – modern slavery in Italy

A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

This Episode –  10 October 2019

The RNZ website notes:

Cheap, bulk tinned tomatoes make a meal go further and are essential for those Italian staples. But after listening to The Detail today, you might hesitate about picking the imported variety off a supermarket shelf.

Our host Sharon Brettkelly talks to Ayo Awokoya, a British journalist for The Guardian who went undercover in Italy to expose slavery in the tomato picking industry.

Awokoya found low paid workers toiling picking vegetables 12 hours a day without breaks, no toilet facilities, without food, in work that was so laborious some died from exhaustion.

These are the migrants you see being rescued by Italian coastguard as they choose the most dangerous routes out of Africa via Libya. This is where they end up – in shacks in shanty towns on the edge of communities, shunned, treated as less than human, and worked to death as they struggle to pay off debt


According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.


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