November 2018

  • Justice for Daphne

    Image from Malta, by Darrin Zammit Lupi

    In this image, taken September 16, 2018, people raise their mobile phone lights during a monthly vigil and protest calling for justice in the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Daphne was a leading investigative journalist who courageously exposed corruption and criminal behaviour at the highest levels of government in Malta. She was assassinated with a car bomb on October 16, 2017, not far from her home. Shortly after, three men were charged with carrying out her murder. A year after the charges, investigators announced they had identified the alleged masterminds, but as of early December 2018, have still not released their names. Activism around Daphne’s death continues to drive the movement against corruption and for transparency forward.

    Malta-born photojournalist Darrin Zammit Lupi is a widely-published contract photographer with Reuters. His book Isle Landers, documenting the plight and tragedy of migrants trying to reach European shores from Africa, was published in 2014. As a Reuters photographer in Malta, he has been closely involved in The Daphne Project.

  • Girl from Kugaaruk

    Image from Canada, by Jeff Topham

    This photograph shows a young Inuk girl in Kugaaruk, a hamlet of approximately 900 people in northern Nunavut, Canada, where the vast majority of the territory’s 38,000 people are Inuit. Most Inuit live in small, remote communities, and for many, modern life incorporates traditional skills essential for life in the Arctic. Mining, mineral exploration, and tourism are important parts of the economy.

    Despite these resources, and despite being part of a stable democracy with one of the world’s most advanced economies, many communities in Nunavut experience food insecurity, inadequate health care and housing, lack of infrastructure, poor access to water and reliable energy, and have high rates of addiction and suicide. The full recognition of indigenous rights by the Canadian government is required not only to protect the human rights of those living in the Arctic, but also to support reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians for past rights abuses.

    Jeff Topham is an award-winning Canadian documentary photographer whose diverse work has taken him from post-war Liberia to Antarctica, the Arctic and the Amazon basin.

  • Strength in the Shadows

    Image from Armenia, by Julie Franchet

    In Yerevan, Armenia, women at a window raise their hands in support of opposition activist Nikol Pashinyan’s peaceful march across Armenia. Women were key supporters of Pashinyan’s “velvet revolution,” organized to end president Serzh Sargsyan’s reign after ten years tainted by corruption and political repression. As Sargsyan attempted to hold onto power by jumping into the newly-reformed role of prime minister, demonstrators called for his resignation. The protests achieved their aim and Pashinyan was elected prime minister in May 2018.

    Despite Armenian women’s demonstrated commitment to political activism, women are deeply underrepresented in positions of power and leadership. Armenia remains a largely patriarchal society and gender discrimination and domestic violence are widespread, with anywhere from 25 to 66 percent of women experiencing domestic violence. A law against family violence was finally passed in 2017, but more government action, such as improving support for domestic violence survivors, is needed before women’s rights can be fully protected.

    Julie Franchet was born and raised in France, and studied photography in Belgium. Now based in Paris, she travels and works as a freelance photographer.

  • A Prayer for Freedom

    Image from Venezuela, by Fabiana Rondón

    A demonstrator holds up a rosary in front of the Bolivarian National Guard during an anti-government protest in 2017. Devout Catholics from Venezuela’s deeply religious population were among the citizens who joined the movement against Nicolás Maduro’s increasingly authoritarian government. Anti-government demonstrations and other forms of political opposition have been brutally repressed. More than 120 people were killed and about 5,000 arrested in connection to the 2017 protests and hundreds of civilians have been prosecuted in military courts for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

    Venezuela’s political, humanitarian and human rights crises continued its downward spiral into 2018, when the UN reported on extrajudicial killings by government security forces, calling the rule of law “virtually absent” in the country.

    Fabiana Rondón is a war reporter and documentarian capturing images of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. The subject matter of her audiovisual work includes the food crisis, the deterioration of hospitals and police brutality.

  • Through My Own Lens

    Image from Greece, by Massimo Barberio

    Namatullah shows a selfie he took while waiting in the hours-long food line in the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos in Greece. Self-representation of refugees via these images is rarely included in the media. Refugees who have smartphones are sometimes criticized by those who deem them unnecessary luxuries, but these devices can be lifelines for those seeking asylum far from their loved ones.

    In September 2018, the population of the Moria camp had reached over 9000 people, three times its capacity. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are witnessing an unprecedented health and mental health emergency amongst the men, women and especially children in the camp, and are calling for emergency evacuation of all vulnerable people to safe accommodation on the Greek mainland and other European Union countries.

    Massimo Barberio’s works have been shown widely all over the world, winning many awards and honorable mentions. He currently resides in the South of Italy.

  • Reparations at Danske Bank

    Image from Sweden, by Leif Blom

    In this photograph, three workers make repairs to a sign at Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest financial institution. Since August 2018, Danske Bank has been at the centre of a money laundering investigation related to transactions at its Estonia branch. Two hundred billion Euros are alleged to have flowed through the branch from suspicious sources, largely shell companies with no clear beneficial owners, between 2007 and 2015. Nearly half of these payments originated in Russia and Estonia, and Latvia, the UK and Cyprus were also significant sources. As of December 2018, preliminary money-laundering charges were filed against the bank for alleged violations of Denmark’s anti-money laundering law.

    This image serves as a reminder that, while strong democracies such as Denmark are perceived to be low in corruption, their institutions can be used to facilitate corrupt acts.

    Leif Blom has been making photographs since his early teens. He co-founded the TT picture agency in the early 1980s with graphic editor and writer Stieg Larsson, and now works at TT as the international picture editor.