Information hero

Lirio Abbate

Now the Sicily correspondent of the weekly Espresso and the daily La Stampa after years of working for the Italian news agency ANSA, Lirio Abbate is an expert on organized crime, especially the Sicilian variety. After being the only journalist present at the arrest of Bernardo Provenzano, Cosa Nostra’s “capo di tutti capi,” in April 2006, he wrote a book the following year entitled I Complici (The Accomplices), about the close links between politicians and mafiosi. He has never been alone since then. He and his wife have a permanent police escort. But the death threats and his presence on Cosa Nostra’s blacklist have not intimidated him. He still lives in Palermo and had another book published last year entitled Fimmine ribelli, about the “rebel women” who resist Calabria’s feared ‘Ndrangheta.