tv Focus on Europe - Spotlight on People Deutsche Welle January 25, 2018 12:30am-1:00am CET
like as a side or. it was closer to at the end of the day these technologies can be used against us or what effect will happen society does the human race upgrade i think it's only the beginning of this. side human machines starting february first on t.w. . alone a very warm welcome indeed to focus on europe with me peter craven now valetta the capital of the thai the mediterranean island of malta it's currently making headlines it's just been inaugurated as a european capital of culture so expect a dense year long program of events to mark the island's colorful heritage including parade sense spectacular performance. but another darker side of the
island is also in the headlines because malta is mired in corruption that it's believed could extend right up to the highest levels of government there's been huge concern about last year's killing of a crusading journalist in a car bomb attack and now a former anti corruption investigator who was dismissed from his post after speaking out say's he's received death threats our reporter has had the opportunity to meet with him. jonathan ferris is on his way to speak before a delegation of members of the european parliament he wants to express his concern about what's happening in malta. north. tower that is. how it came to be was the talk of ross like a loss for words a loss for the government that is until her murder journalist stephanie caro
nicolete exposed organized crime and corruption in her popular blog she accused conrad miti a minister and keith's camry the chief of staff to the prime minister of establishing offshore shell companies she used information leaked in the panama papers suspicious payments were made to both politicians allegedly bribes khurana also claimed that michelle mascot wife of maltese prime minister joseph muscat created an offshore company called a grant the journalist said that a payment of one million euros was made to the company using a secret bank account the source of her information was a former bank employee. shot fung documents in the safe two paper two documents both of them declarations of trust. by individuals the nominees who has the says that a granting in the name of mrs scott's. five months later definitely cover monica
leads he was killed by a car bomb did she know too much. perhaps jonathan faris does too the former police officer who is known as a tireless investigator had recently joined the maltese government's anti money laundering agency he was to lead an investigation of the allegations against the first lady of the of all these people who go big on stories of is a very big moment it. well when in reality it's a pile of hay. the multis government has prohibited farris from revealing anything else he's convinced that corruption is pervasive in malta. of the old them how it was going to go about it or why would be. guiding my people going my way of as a good as going about it the following day by you know i was out of my office.
because his performance did not meet expectations says the agency but faris thinks he was fired for political reasons. and the prime minister he simply dismissed the allegations as fake news he stopped the investigation called fresh elections and won many people are fine with that because malta as economy is booming but allegations of government corruption still loom large half a year later his two associates are still in office. please make your. homework properly don't rely on pretty biased information being given by people who have a partisan agenda if there is any proof or even the slightest of ideas and that's the things that have been said in my regard are true i would decide on the spot and i have the right to defend those making similar allegations to make the same pledge that i give these truths to be looked through and swore on through formation
leaders like. definite. never got that chance. and jonathan ferris was sacked before his findings could be verified the maltese police has admitted it's not acting on his evidence even though the section he led at the n.t. money laundering agency submitted a report so the police could secure evidence and freeze bank accounts. nothing happened. by a member of a certain. the police commissioner the police are. there not to be investigated so how can you say that there is no cry when you have not the investigated it's exception but have the. jonathan ferris hopes the e.u. will put pressure on maltese authorities to respect the rule of law and.
a group of m.e.p.a. as has arrived in malta on a fact finding mission they want to know whether there was money laundering will financial crimes be prosecuted and does multi ensure due process for on as an e.u. member state it is obliged to but doubts remain it's been what we have been talking concern about the rule of law or an alter jonathan faris has provided important information now he's scared for his safety and that of his wife and children. we have demanded he be placed under permanent police protection they've given him some but we expect him to receive around the clock protection and he's a danger for making these things public it's often because if in the fall. terrorists is fighting his dismissal in court he's consulting with his lawyer ahead of the next hearing farah says he intends to reveal everything in court he says he
owes that much to murdered journalist kerr want to lead and the law abiding people of malta and he's made preparations should something happen to him. so if either of those notes to of i'm not mistaken six. further and over opes with it's the sheets of notes you know so should something happen to me. everything will go public and everyone will know the truth that's that's why a vengeance. verismo always parked his car within sight of a security camera ever since the car bomb that blew up. fear has been his constant companion. well more corruption now this time a roumanian style and tens of thousands of people have again been protesting against clones
a new law was introduced in romania by the country's governing social democrats and critics say the legislation will shield the party's influential leader liviu a dragnet from charges of embezzlement and abuse of office as we see now some of the people who are protesting against these measures of come a very long way to express their anger. these people have been on the road for ten days walking hundreds of kilometers they've come from pollution in the transylvania region and to heading to bucharest in a march against government corruption. all the rest are coming we stand together. another thirty kilometers to their destination a huge rally in the remaining capital one of the protesters is georgia to he's walked four hundred fifty kilometers guided by a companion because he's blind he's incensed at planned new laws that could shield
politicians and civil servants from prosecution for corruption. we have to eliminate this problem of corruption it's eating is up alive our future our children's future is at stake what should i do leave the country our ancestors fought hungry and barefoot's they gave their lives for freedom. now we have freedom but what do we do with it spit on it. will evoke and so. yes we are sick and tired of the appalling crassness and incompetence of this government it's time we had officials who want to do something for the country for us not just for themselves. the white haired man here is the focus of the protestors anger leave you dragomir chairman of romania's . social democrats here on his way to be questioned by anti graft prosecution is dragon a i was ineligible to become prime minister because he was convicted of
election fraud and is accused of misusing european union funds but he is viewed as the mastermind of the proposed reform of the justice system that would weaken remaining as public prosecutions and rewrite the penal code dragon as seems unfazed by criticism from the european commission. president with all due respect you should inform yourselves better. judge hora to do bravo is flabbergasted by the new draft for the penal code it would ban police and public prosecutions from using video or audio recordings as evidence he shows us examples on his computer in one case the camera documents corrupt politicians taking bribes and other catches a pedophile molesting children in an elevator bravo says the justice reform would mean such footage could no longer be used. for political for the. general because he for this kind of technical forensic evidence is very important
in prosecuting crimes of violence to be thought they are going to but in the future the use of such evidence will be illegal. this is the height of irresponsibility. that. george about two and his fellow muchas have arrived in bucharest after eleven days on the road soaking west but with unbroken spirits they stand in front of the social democratic party's headquarters they're demonstrating against the arbitrary justice reform and for a more democratic romania. said we're sending a signal against a humiliating dirty politics. by evening sixty thousand people have gathered in central book arrest george airbrushed to feels proud that so. many have responded to the call issued by the matches from kluge. yes we hope that our gesture and this
gathering functions as an alarm signal and everyone understands that what the political class is doing or no longer be tolerated oh i have noticed what the. remaining hour overcame communism now people here say it's time to overcome corruption and strengthen democracy. it was the notorious motto above the gates of the auschwitz concentration camp arbeit macht frei it read work sets you free and the twenty seventh of january is holocaust memorial day which each year marks the anniversary of the liberation of the death camp now around six million jews were killed under hitler's germany but some fled to albania and what is today's kosovo where they were saved by ordinary men and women many motivated by a traditional albanian code of honor known as besa our report begins with a moving encounter. prisoner in
a town in the south of course of on the team dimitri who is jewish and gans from his nietzsche a muslim are meeting with us today to show us how different religious communities once lived side by side in relative peace a fact that is largely forgotten today. kishin got the day as the catholic church. there's a jewish building. the orthodox church and a little further on the mosque. jeremy. the two are here to recall the cruel past that brought their families together more than seventy years ago. german forces took control of costs of zero and albania in september one thousand nine hundred forty three a puppet government was installed and a special s.s. division was set up to help the nazis round up the jewish population. but there was resistance among local albanians many of whom refused to look on passively true
to their coverage for which they are used to leverage their people in prison ran always had great sympathy and tolerance. they not only talked but they really helped each other. and that competition. vote eames mother's life was saved by the great grandfather against rez need. his proud descendants show us pictures of the successful tradesmen. the developed muslim had businesses throughout the region and used his contacts to help jews who were seeking refuge. micha to get in this car because he and his friends drove many jews who came to kosovo and had to get to albania or other countries or ship or. you come to the document that she only had to find false papers not to do that. not
every your jewish names were often changed into muslim names. against takes us to take on a town in northern constable where his great grandfather owned several businesses and was able to help many people he and another relative take us around the streets and show us where jews were hidden from the s.s. and their henchmen many of the buildings were destroyed during the course of a war almost twenty years ago little has been done to rebuild them. just a breakdown if you don't hear of his helpers smuggled many jews through the street got there bringing them to the village where our ancestors lived. up affairs. and then smuggled them to albania. and hid them from the occupiers literature and door to talk about all of. the ruins are new witnesses to these heroic acts over two
thousand jews were saved from nazi persecution they were taken in as part of the family according to the traditional albanian honor code besa which obliges people to care for those in need. of the law but with fear or we have this tradition here in this region that. simply even bound to risk our own lives to save the lives of others. or to the earth or. the two families never lost contact after against his great grandfather saved mother. back in prison the team shows us pictures that bear witness to the vibrancy of jewish life before the war. last year shiva. jewish. despite besa many jews were deported including members of his family this is the list of those who were killed but his
mother survived thanks to get his great grandfather. used to churn live without this help hitler's plan would have succeeded my clearly nobody would have survived if albanians hadn't fought against the so-called final solution. look at come up over. against resnick she inherited his great grandfather's prayer beads not only a remembrance but the symbol of a promise. and it is said that albania was the only country in europe to emerge from world war two with a larger jewish population than before it shows the importance of not looking away and one country where to many people of these days looking away is friends which has the largest jewish community in europe totaling half a million people now in recent years though thousands have been leaving for israel
many others say they're thinking of joining the exit us why well because of the growing climate of anti semitic violence much of it coming from france's muslim population focus on europe susana durga has the story. until a few days ago as e's solved kosher groceries to the jewish community in the paris suburb of create a now nothing is left of the shelves and arsonists destroyed the shop as ease spent years building up. this was my baby. and i worked hard here in this store twelve to fifteen hours a day to build it up. and now it's been reduced to nothing. as ease doesn't want to show his face because he's afraid of further attacks for weeks unknown vandals have been smearing swastikas on jewish
shops including the one aziz ran but his ease him self is not jewish he's a muslim boba originally from algeria. i felt as if someone had painted a swastika on my back. it's not just the property damage what i feel threatened personally. now i have a better idea of how the jews feel. about fifteen thousand jews live here in creating a together with a much larger muslim community in recent years they have been repeated attacks on jews mainly by young muslims but hardly anyone wants to talk openly about this development not even this jewish grocer who is friends with aziz and. the soul because as well i don't want to accuse anyone. but i have good relations with people from north africa and other parts of africa. and i give you what i'm against
is the idea that the conflict between israelis and palestinians can be moved here to french soil. or false. but the situation is growing ever more difficult in france where increasingly vicious anti jewish propaganda is spreading new rumors pop up almost every day says rudy rushed out a member of the organization conspiracy watch. them of rules explained everything bad that happens in the world gets attributed to a jewish conspiracy but it was because for example the attacks in france and elsewhere in europe but also economic crises or popular uprisings this would have on the. limo even when renown people die people will insinuate a jewish plot to. the jews or the zionists are suspected of pulling all the threads. right start says one of the most vocal anti
semites in france is this man alonso ryle a journalist and publisher who calls himself a national socialist and has just published a new edition of hitler's mind come from surrounds internet pages get five million visitors each month. openly tries to stir up young muslims imo the need for a good about a job you have to abandon your loser rome was real but it's as if you were playing poker with just deuces while the others have aces up their sleeves. you have to be clever and strategic or you will keep losing. and surrounds ideas find listen is. it really the jews or the secret rulers of the world they sit way at the top and where at the bottom it's like a sect. i think they're only interested in advancing their own community.
anti semitic cliches they can have fatal consequences. in april twenty seven thousand in this parish st a young muslim man high on drugs broke into the apartment of the jewish physician sorry holy me he beat her reviled her as satan and threw her out the window to her death. the attorney for sara holy nice family has done everything he could to have the deed categorized as an anti semitic crime so you. really if i hadn't launched a campaign in the past two months after the crime there might not even have been a trial they would have said the guy was crazy you can't judge him and no one would have talked about it any more. it's an idea a little like the panel. back in create a as these and his jewish friend agree ignoring the problem is no solution they say all of france must finally face and fight the bigotry together
and that is surely an appeal not just to the people of france but to all of us now on a lighter note let's go now to the far north of europe to finland which is said to have the most passionate current ok singers in the world with the possible exception of course of the inventors of this weird and wonderful pastime the japanese as our reporter has been finding out the finns can and do sing in some very unexpected places. if you can't make it on the big stage then maybe it's time to try the karaoke bar. and here in the finnish capital helsinki there are plenty of places for want to be singers to shine. and even in supposedly quiet places like this one. in finland libraries are often seen as cultural centers and some are trying something different. than the.
reward for. it's very popular it was i think it was an instant in some foxes to rumors about one mountain so you have to worry about it we have a room room for this sound proof so it doesn't really bother other customers. this library near helsinki is the only one of its kind to date for the singers here karaoke is more than just a way to pass the time south all day in my youth you never showed too much emotion singing was always good for being able to express your feelings yet at the time us and all of us i love singing so and i love singing and it's a great opportunity to meet your good friends here. so.
in some places there's even karaoke in the bathroom the ass. to your car. everywhere so green belt sign so that when we want to leave it be in the spotlight that one tire and it's dark here all the time yeah it's a refresh. so who minds a little dissonance when on a dark winter's night a stage like this can bring such joy. when i should i suppose sing and dance as i leave the studio but i'm not going to do it so i would go like to say thanks very much for joining us here on focus on europe if you want to see any of our reports again just go to our home page on d w dot com all this it on facebook page d w stories and to come back next. time around until lunch for me and bye bye sure thank you ily.
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