Giulio Rubino (1980) is an Italian journalist.

He co-founded the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism based in Italy. He has a masters degree in journalism from the University of Rome. He has written for Italian publications such as Terra, Il Manifesto and Carta.

In 2011 he co-authored (with Cecilia Anesi and the Belgian journalist Delphine Reuter) Toxic Europe, an investigative journalism documentary that won the 2011 Best International Organised Crime Report Award and was shortlisted for the Data Journalism award 2102. He now works on transnational investigations such as Food For Fraud, which has been published in The Guardian.

Basic information

Giulio Rubino
Food, organised crime

Supported projects

Stranded: Impact of Asbestos in Maritime Industry

  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Industry

ALIAĞA – Asbestos, that is especially hard to track in ships, often causes lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. The team investigated several shipbreaking yards, including Kılıçlar in Turkey, where workers are exposed to the deadly substance without adequate protection. 

asbestos in ships

The Cocaine Ports

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

CALABRIA - This two-part series, based on two years of research by reporters from IrpiMedia and OCCRP, explores how the 'Ndrangheta's network operates.

The European network of terror

  • Terrorism

Investigation into cash flows and funds destined for the Islamic State's revival plan.

Mafias and the Far Right: The City of London Connection

  • Corruption
  • Organised crime

Massimo Carminati, boss of an alleged mafia group in Rome, is said to have made millions of euros before his arrest in December 2014. But this financial treasure is nowhere to be found.

The African Line

  • Organised crime

The Calabrian mafia ‘Ndrangheta's primary source of money is cocaine. How do they traffic the drug from South America to Europe and Africa leaving virtually no trace?

Mafia in Africa 2

  • Industry
  • Organised crime

Mafia in Africa 2 exposes the fraudulent business empire of Italian criminal Curio Pintus, who was sentenced to three years in jail in 2001 for laundering drug money for the 'ndrangheta, but remains active as CEO of US “merchant bank”, the Pintus Group.

Mafia in Africa

  • Industry
  • Organised crime

The Italian mafia has established a hidden but lethal presence in Africa. Its members own diamond mines, nightclubs and land, all with the complicity of corrupt regimes.

Pulp fiction: Chinese tomato puree, made in Italy

  • Agriculture

SALERNO - A great amount of capital is invested in agriculture and gains juicy but illegal returns. Nearly one in three 'Made in Italy'-labeled goods sold in Italy or exported elsewhere are produced with non-Italian products.