The debate on “Mission“, the humanitarian reality show is marking the historical record of the denial of the evidence made by the Italian state TV RAI and by Intersos. The first should have a mandate to represent the best values of national culture like any other European state TV do, the second the values of solidarity involved in the commitment international humanitarian.
Both of these organizations seem obsessed to hide the recordings made of the episode 0 in South Sudan, in Yambio, Western Equatoria State in 2012 and made the first episode of Mission in the DRC (Congo) to Duruma in July 2013.
In the episode 0 was attended Michele Cucuzza and Barbara De Rossi and was characterized by the fake scoop ebola (news later found to be false) that the two VIP (one journalist) spread in a series of articles on some gossip Italian media including GrandHotel with titles that damaged the image of the continent widely and dignity of Africans, “How Fear in Africa“, “We risked our lives in Africa.”
In the first episode was attended Paola Barale and Emmanuele Filiberto Di Savoia. The recordings, made in July, were only possible thanks to a general authorization film obtained by Intersis by a official district of the Art and Culture Office of the city of Bunia, Eastern Congo, ready speeding up processing avoiding the accreditation request journalistic with the Ministry of Media and Communication.
The Congolese law provides for the issuance of the permit only after detailed information about the contents and use of filming. It also provides for the monitoring of shooting by government experts in order to ensure the absence of content that could damage the image of the country and its citizens.
Many are the denials to the negations of these two organizational bodies. The most sensational coming exactly by Intersos and is clear and evident. in the famous circular sent by the Head of Communications and Marketing Cesare Fermi to all operators of the NGO which prohibits any public comment on Mission. In the circular Fermi says that Intersos is in possession of the episode 0, offering the possibility of NGO aid workers to see at the headquarters in Rome. TvBlog on August 9, informs that the heads of UNHCR had already viewed the number 0 of Mission a year ago, finding it to their liking and requiring the partners (RAI and Intersos) to start with the creation of the series, which was initially braking because Rai1 has encountered difficulty of insertion into his schedule. After the request of the organizers UNHCR has started to put into production Mission of which the logistics in the two far African countries was entrusted to pensioner and man of confidence Intersos: Mauro Celladin.
Paola Barale also confirms the existence of the episode 0 recorded in South Sudan in 2012, stating that it was after seeing that he was convinced to go to Congo to “help, as far as possible, cooperating with UNHCR and Intersos that on the site carry out every day activities to assist people really need.”
According to our sources Intersis would also ignored the request made in 2012 by the Government of South Sudan to view the 0 episode recorded to Yambio, Western Equatoria. This news is the subject of our in-depth verification placed inside a journalistic investigation in progress to understand the real causes that propelled Government of the youngest African nation in July 2013 to refuse entry to the film crew of the Dinamo Italia Srl and the two VIP, Barale and Di Savoia, direct in Congo.
A question arises. What is the real motive which prompts RAI and Intersis to deny the registration of two episodes of Mission, carried out almost in secret and without effective monitoring of the two African countries, preventing their vision later to the RAI Vigilance Commission?
The reason could possibly hide behind misgivings by the promoters themselves on the validity of the didactic force transmission to avoid the risk of a questioning of the airing of the program after careful checks, resulting in loss of costs already incurred, amounting to 600,000 € as stated from the website Dagospia? The deletion of Mission from the schedule RAI would negate the prospects of advertising revenue for the State TV and the possibility to attract large donations to Intersis. Would remain only the bill for the construction of two episodes on African soil.
The possibility of a cancellation of the broadcast schedule of the next autumn could be concretized only if Mission will be deemed by the experts unfit to represent the delicate context of the drama of the refugees.
Another reason could be inside in a possible defense of interests and armchair of people within the two institutions fear of being pushed too far in defense of a transmission that could meet a negative rating seriously compromising their positions.
Not being able to see the broadcast feeds also little doubt that the communication agency Dinamo Italia Srl, since the episode 0, Mission may be set on the model of Big Brother, focusing on the personal experiences of the transmission VIP for a few days “sharing” life with refugees and displaced persons. In the transmission there could be the classic testimonials style of Big Brother, VIP on their unique humanitarian experience maybe at the end of each day they shared with refugees.
To dispel any doubts, perplexities and conjectures born until now around this transmission enveloped in a pall of mystery and contradictory claims, it would be appropriate for RAI and Intersos allow viewing of the episode 0 and the first episode filmed recently in the Congo.
The vision of records by a group of experts could confirm what has been stated several times by the promoters that the transmission is not a raunchy reality show but an effective communication experiment that allows you to know the reality of refugees to the Italian public, in full respect for the dignity of the refugees themselves, despite the presence of many Italian VIPs, many of which are debatable and out of fashion.
Addition to Vigilance Commission RAI would be very desirable that the two episodes of Mission are viewed by a committee chosen by the Italian NGO which, we believe, have the right to ensure that the transmission is truly suitable, not only to safeguard the reputation humanitarian conquered by Intersos in twenty years of activities but the reputation of all the NGOs working in the same sector.
In this regard, African Voices in the short time will send to the founder of Intersos Antonino Sergi, an open letter with the request to offer to the Italian NGOs the opportunity to evaluate the contents of Mission allowing them the vision of two episodes already completed.