logo Cafébabel

News feed

Content taken from #blueborder facebook page.

A home for pregnant women who were talked out of abortion by ‘pro-life’ activists in Gozo, a small island which is part of the Maltese archipelago. According to the owner more than 500 women have passed through over the last 30 years.

The full reportage ➡️ https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/malta-abortion-online/

MALTA: Abortion online
Journalist: Eva Hoffmann 🖋
Photographer: Maria Jou Sol 📸

Find out and read the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

***
Photo by ©Maria Jou Sol

25th juin 2020

"A home for pregnant women who were talked out of abortion by ‘pro-life’ activists in Gozo, a small island which is part of the Maltese archipelago. According to the owner more than 500 women have passed through over the last 30 years".

The full reportage ➡️ blueborder.cafebabel.com/malta-abortion-online/

MALTA: Abortion online
Journalist: Eva Hoffmann 🖋
Photographer: Maria Jou Sol 📸

Find out and read the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

***
Photo by ©Maria Jou Sol
... See MoreSee Less

Women in Malta may not only risk to end up in jail, but also to put their own lives in danger. Abortion in the Mediterranean island is still illegal. If youre wondering where in Europe abortion is so stigmatized, to the extent that its so enchained to the most conservative legislation, then there you are.

Our cross-border team went there to investigate how and if things have changed, and to talk with women who shared their own experiences. Like Julie: After I found out I was pregnant, I tried everything to have a ‘natural abortion’. I took a week off work and did research online. I took loads of aspirin, drank persil juice, ate papaya seeds, and drank tons of ginger tea. I was having sex as well. But nothing helped. I didnt have feelings about the pregnancy, only about my relationships and my own body. I think I’ll feel the consequences of this stress later in life. 

“What I do is linked to the wellbeing of patients. Women will get an abortion anyhow, no matter if it’s legal or not. They shouldn’t risk their lives for that says Elena Saliba, a doctor who in 2019 joined the first ‘pro-choice’ network for women’s rights for abortion.

Here the whole reportage: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/malta-abortion-online/

MALTA: Abortion online
Journalist: Eva Hoffmann 🖋
Photographer: Maria Jou Sol 📸
Find out and read the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/
***
Photo by ©Maria Jou Sol

22nd juin 2020

Women in Malta may not only risk to end up in jail, but also to put their own lives in danger. Abortion in the Mediterranean island is still illegal. If you're wondering where in Europe abortion is so stigmatized, to the extent that it's so enchained to the most conservative legislation, then there you are.

Our cross-border team went there to investigate how and if things have changed, and to talk with women who shared their own experiences. Like Julie: "After I found out I was pregnant, I tried everything to have a ‘natural abortion’. I took a week off work and did research online. I took loads of aspirin, drank persil juice, ate papaya seeds, and drank tons of ginger tea. I was having sex as well. But nothing helped. I didn't have feelings about the pregnancy, only about my relationships and my own body. I think I’ll feel the consequences of this stress later in life."

“What I do is linked to the wellbeing of patients. Women will get an abortion anyhow, no matter if it’s legal or not. They shouldn’t risk their lives for that" says Elena Saliba, a doctor who in 2019 joined the first ‘pro-choice’ network for women’s rights for abortion.

Here the whole reportage: blueborder.cafebabel.com/malta-abortion-online/

MALTA: Abortion online
Journalist: Eva Hoffmann 🖋
Photographer: Maria Jou Sol 📸
Find out and read the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/
***
Photo by ©Maria Jou Sol
... See MoreSee Less

Fabiola Foti, 37, is the editor-in-chief of the Catania-based, digital news site L’Urlo. For years she has investigated how local mobsters have managed to infiltrate the local festival of Saint Agatha, one of the country’s most popular religious celebrations. She has been threatened for her work.

Read the full reportage here: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/sicily-local-journalists-struggle-on-in-a-climate-of-intimidation/

SICILY: Exposing the mafia
Journalist: Cecilia Butini 🖋
Photographer: Ksenia Les 📸
Stay tuned and check out the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

***

Photo by ©Ksenia Les

4th juin 2020

"Fabiola Foti, 37, is the editor-in-chief of the Catania-based, digital news site 'L’Urlo'. For years she has investigated how local mobsters have managed to infiltrate the local festival of Saint Agatha, one of the country’s most popular religious celebrations. She has been threatened for her work".

Read the full reportage here: blueborder.cafebabel.com/sicily-local-journalists-struggle-on-in-a-climate-of-intimidation/

SICILY: Exposing the mafia
Journalist: Cecilia Butini 🖋
Photographer: Ksenia Les 📸
Stay tuned and check out the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

***

Photo by ©Ksenia Les
... See MoreSee Less

How safe are journalists in... Europe? To what extent might their lives and careers be jeopardized in a continent where, in theory, media freedom is among its foundations? What if we narrow the focus and look at Sicily, the Italian region with the highest number of reporters killed in mafia or terrorist attacks since 1960? 

Leandro Salvia is an Italian reporter who wrote about connections between mafia families and local authorities. Hes portrayed below. And he says: “I know that, geographically, I live at the borders of Europe. But San Cipirello and Sicily itself are a piece of Italy and a piece of Europe, so whenever someone breaks the law here, it’s correct that the Italian state intervenes and local reporters need to document it. (...) When you work here you expect to be subjected to retaliation by those you write about. (...) Often the costs are higher than the earnings, but it’s a question of civic duty. I have a responsibility to the community.”

Mr Salvia is one of the reporters interviewed by our cross-border team. Read the full reportage here: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/sicily-local-journalists-struggle-on-in-a-climate-of-intimidation/

SICILY: Exposing the mafia
Journalist: Cecilia Butini 🖋
Photographer: Ksenia Les 📸
Stay tuned and check out the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/
***
Photo by ©Ksenia Les

29th mai 2020

How safe are journalists in... Europe? To what extent might their lives and careers be jeopardized in a continent where, in theory, media freedom is among its foundations? What if we narrow the focus and look at Sicily, "the Italian region with the highest number of reporters killed in mafia or terrorist attacks since 1960"?

Leandro Salvia is an Italian reporter who wrote about connections between mafia families and local authorities. He's portrayed below. And he says: “I know that, geographically, I live at the borders of Europe. But San Cipirello and Sicily itself are a piece of Italy and a piece of Europe, so whenever someone breaks the law here, it’s correct that the Italian state intervenes and local reporters need to document it. (...) When you work here you expect to be subjected to retaliation by those you write about. (...) Often the costs are higher than the earnings, but it’s a question of civic duty. I have a responsibility to the community.”

Mr Salvia is one of the reporters interviewed by our cross-border team. Read the full reportage here: blueborder.cafebabel.com/sicily-local-journalists-struggle-on-in-a-climate-of-intimidation/

SICILY: Exposing the mafia
Journalist: Cecilia Butini 🖋
Photographer: Ksenia Les 📸
Stay tuned and check out the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/
***
Photo by ©Ksenia Les
... See MoreSee Less

Students walk past pro-independence graffiti at the university building in Corte. ‘APP’ stands for ‘A Francia fora’ (‘France go away). 

CORSICA - Sisters in arms
Journalist: Audrey Lebel 🖋
Photographer: Marco Panzetti 📸
 
Enjoy reading the full stories in: 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹 https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

***
Photo by ©Marco Panzetti

14th avril 2020

"Students walk past pro-independence graffiti at the university building in Corte. ‘APP’ stands for ‘A Francia fora’ (‘France go away)."

CORSICA - Sisters in arms
Journalist: Audrey Lebel 🖋
Photographer: Marco Panzetti 📸

Enjoy reading the full stories in: 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹 blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

***
Photo by ©Marco Panzetti
... See MoreSee Less

Have you already had the chance to check out #blueborder website and its stories? 

Below theres Anne-Laure Cristofari, the main character in the reportage set in Corsica, one of the five islands framed within the #blueborder project. We will gradually roll downwards: before reaching Cyprus, we will share quotes and pictures drawn from stories set in Sicily, Malta and Crete.

Anne-Laure Cristofari, 41, is the spokesperson for ‘Donne di Manca’ (‘Left-wing women’), a feminist and socialist independence movement campaigning for Corsican self-rule.  

CORSICA - Sisters in arms
Journalist: Audrey Lebel 🖋
Photographer: Marco Panzetti 📸

Stay tuned and enjoy reading the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

***

Photo by ©Marco Panzetti

8th avril 2020

Have you already had the chance to check out #blueborder website and its stories?

Below there's Anne-Laure Cristofari, the main character in the reportage set in Corsica, one of the five islands framed within the #blueborder project. We will gradually roll downwards: before reaching Cyprus, we will share quotes and pictures drawn from stories set in Sicily, Malta and Crete.

"Anne-Laure Cristofari, 41, is the spokesperson for ‘Donne di Manca’ (‘Left-wing women’), a feminist and socialist independence movement campaigning for Corsican self-rule."

CORSICA - Sisters in arms
Journalist: Audrey Lebel 🖋
Photographer: Marco Panzetti 📸

Stay tuned and enjoy reading the full stories in 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹: blueborder.cafebabel.com/ - www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

***

Photo by ©Marco Panzetti
... See MoreSee Less

25th mars 2020

Il y a deux semaines, le 13 mars, nous aurions dû organiser le vernissage du projet #blueborder à Marseille avec nos journalistes et photographes, pour lancer l'exposition itinérante et le nouveau site web avec tous les reportages et photos. Malheureusement, comme un premier train de mesures a dû être mis en place par les gouvernements européens en raison de l'épidémie de #coronavirus, l'événement a été officiellement annulé. Le Centre social Bernard Du Bois, qui accueillait l'exposition, a confirmé cette annulation, tout en nous faisant savoir qu'il était possible d'accueillir les visiteurs qui avaient encore envie de voir les photos exposées. Nous sommes maintenant heureux de partager quelques instantanés de cette soirée puisque notre coordinatrice locale Hélène Pillon, ainsi que quelques visiteurs, ont eu la chance d'être là et d'apprécier le travail extraordinaire de nos équipes transfrontalières. La seconde étape de cette exposition itinérante, Palerme, prévu initialement en avril, a également sûe être annulée. Nous nous adapterons à la situation sanitaire pour les événements suivants à Chemnitz (Mai) et Bruxelles (Juin)

***

ENG - A couple of weeks ago, on 13th March, we were supposed to have the #blueborder vernissage in Marseille with our journalists and photographers, launching the itinerant exhibition and the brand new website with all the stories and photos. Unfortunately, as a first package of measures had to be set up by the European governments due to the #coronavirus outbreak, the event was officially cancelled and the participants had to stay at home. The hosting venue Centre Social Bernard Du Bois did confirm that, while letting us know that it was possible to welcome visitors who still felt like having a look at the exhibited photos. We're now happy to share some snapshots of that evening as our local coordinator Hélène Pillon, together with some visitors, had the chance to be there and enjoy the amazing work of our cross-border teams. The second step of the initinerant exhibition, Palermo, originally planned for April, has to be cancelled too. We will adapt to the situation for the organisation of the next events in Chemnitz (Mai) and Bruxelles (June)

#blueborder: a project backed by Allianz Kulturstiftung, OFAJ DFJW, Babel International NGO, Cafébabel Berlin.
... See MoreSee Less

A Cafébabel brand new cross-border project: https://blueborder.cafebabel.com/

12th mars 2020

A Cafébabel brand new cross-border project: blueborder.cafebabel.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

Our #TeamSicily, Ksenia Les (photographer) and Cecilia Butini (journalist) have been in South Italy to investigate about a delicate topic and talk to journalists who have been intimidated or threatened by the mafia.

Stay tuned to get more details about their reportage. #blueborder websites release is almost around the corner!

Follow us on Instagram too: https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

21st février 2020

Our #teamsicily, Ksenia Les (photographer) and Cecilia Butini (journalist) have been in South Italy to investigate about a delicate topic and talk to journalists who have been intimidated or threatened by the mafia.

Stay tuned to get more details about their reportage. #blueborder website's release is almost around the corner!

Follow us on Instagram too: www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/
... See MoreSee Less

We keep on walking on the Cretan island as we share once again Alex Kings words - this time focusing on his thoughts regarding #blueborder and his working session along with Angelos Christofilopoulos. ✍️🇬🇷

🎤 My focus has been Greece for the past few years but I have travelled extensively around Europe to work and report. During that time, I have seen firsthand how Europe’s response to the global recession, refugee crisis and Brexit has exposed the limits of understanding, empathy and meaningful dialogue across the continent — with much of this both explained and reflected by shortcomings in Europe’s media. I believe in the European project but this is under threat without a media capable of performing the vital role of fostering greater connectivity and understanding of the (often global) dynamics that impact all of us.

▶️ Follow the link to read further! https://bluebordercafebabel.tumblr.com/post/190838675625/meettheteam-alex-king-journalist

...and to wrap it all up, next time we will be sharing Angelos opinions 📸 #TeamCrete

15th février 2020

We keep on walking on the Cretan island as we share once again Alex King's words - this time focusing on his thoughts regarding #blueborder and his working session along with Angelos Christofilopoulos. ✍️🇬🇷

🎤 "My focus has been Greece for the past few years but I have travelled extensively around Europe to work and report. During that time, I have seen firsthand how Europe’s response to the global recession, refugee crisis and Brexit has exposed the limits of understanding, empathy and meaningful dialogue across the continent — with much of this both explained and reflected by shortcomings in Europe’s media. I believe in the European project but this is under threat without a media capable of performing the vital role of fostering greater connectivity and understanding of the (often global) dynamics that impact all of us."

▶️ Follow the link to read further! bluebordercafebabel.tumblr.com/post/190838675625/meettheteam-alex-king-journalist

...and to wrap it all up, next time we will be sharing Angelos' opinions 📸 #TeamCrete
... See MoreSee Less

What did our #TeamCorsica 🇫🇷, Audrey Lebel, journalist, and Marco Panzetti, photographer, work on during their stay in the French island? 

👉 Waiting for more details to come, enjoy this view and make sure to visit our Instagram as well be sharing more pics: https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by Marco Panzetti

27th janvier 2020

What did our #teamcorsica 🇫🇷, Audrey Lebel, journalist, and Marco Panzetti, photographer, work on during their stay in the French island?

👉 Waiting for more details to come, enjoy this view and make sure to visit our Instagram as we'll be sharing more pics: www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by Marco Panzetti
... See MoreSee Less

Customs and traditions have accompanied humankind for centuries, in every corner of the globe. If we zoom in whats going on in Europe, and especially focusing on the mythological Greek island of Crete, we realize that modernization brought along many great things, but also threats.

Our #TeamCrete 🇬🇷, Alex King and Angelos Christofilopoulos, went through misty landscapes, blue coasts and... nomad shepherds. Young generations have been choosing traditional shepherding, that is actually jeopardized, as a form of living and sustainable activity. 

👉 Stay tuned to know more about their journey!
👋 We also have our Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by Angelos Christofilopoulos

23rd janvier 2020

Customs and traditions have accompanied humankind for centuries, in every corner of the globe. If we zoom in what's going on in Europe, and especially focusing on the mythological Greek island of Crete, we realize that modernization brought along many great things, but also threats.

Our #TeamCrete 🇬🇷, Alex King and Angelos Christofilopoulos, went through misty landscapes, blue coasts and... nomad shepherds. Young generations have been choosing traditional shepherding, that is actually jeopardized, as a form of living and sustainable activity.

👉 Stay tuned to know more about their journey!
👋 We also have our Instagram account: www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by Angelos Christofilopoulos
... See MoreSee Less

👇 A glimpse of Nicosia, or Lefkosia as it is called on the Turkish side, from our #TeamCyprus 🇨🇾 Anne Ackermann, photographer, and Maureen Kajuju Murori, journalist and writer.

Well, just a corner of Nicosia. We spent all our time in Kirenya/Girne at the most Northern point of Cyprus, by the sea side. We just made a trip to Nicosia once. The picture is taken on the Turkish side of the city nearby the place where I had to say goodbye to my friend and co-reporter Maureen who with her Kenyan passport cannot trespass into the Greek Cypriot part of town/island. I told her that when I was back from my “excursion” to the European side, it felt so much more hectic, crowded and busy. The picture mirrors the slow and somehow nostalgic feeling I got back in the Northern part of the city.

👋 And youre welcome to see more pics at our Instagram account, too: https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

©️ Photo and caption by Anne Ackermann

17th janvier 2020

👇 A glimpse of Nicosia, or Lefkosia as it is called on the Turkish side, from our #TeamCyprus 🇨🇾 Anne Ackermann, photographer, and Maureen Kajuju Murori, journalist and writer.

"Well, just a corner of Nicosia. We spent all our time in Kirenya/Girne at the most Northern point of Cyprus, by the sea side. We just made a trip to Nicosia once. The picture is taken on the Turkish side of the city nearby the place where I had to say goodbye to my friend and co-reporter Maureen who with her Kenyan passport cannot trespass into the Greek Cypriot part of town/island. I told her that when I was back from my “excursion” to the European side, it felt so much more hectic, crowded and busy. The picture mirrors the slow and somehow nostalgic feeling I got back in the Northern part of the city."

👋 And you're welcome to see more pics at our Instagram account, too: www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

©️ Photo and caption by Anne Ackermann
... See MoreSee Less

In the last few weeks our cross-border teams have been working on their reports in 5 islands at Europes edge: #Sicily, #Malta, #Crete, #Cyprus and #Corsica.

The photo below shows Audrey Lebel, journalist, with Marco Panzetti, photographer. They are #TeamCorsica 🇫🇷

They have been investigating on pro-independence movements and its facets. Well share more in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned! Moreover, dont forget to check out our Instagram too: https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by ©Marco Panzetti

20th décembre 2019

In the last few weeks our cross-border teams have been working on their reports in 5 islands at Europe's edge: #sicily, #malta, #crete, #cyprus and #corsica.

The photo below shows Audrey Lebel, journalist, with Marco Panzetti, photographer. They are #teamcorsica 🇫🇷

They have been investigating on pro-independence movements and its facets. We'll share more in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned! Moreover, don't forget to check out our Instagram too: www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by ©Marco Panzetti
... See MoreSee Less

Sneak peek from our Team Crete 🇬🇷 

👉 Head to our Instagram to know and see more: https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by ©Angelos Christofilopoulos

14th décembre 2019

Sneak peek from our Team Crete 🇬🇷

👉 Head to our Instagram to know and see more: www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by ©Angelos Christofilopoulos
... See MoreSee Less

🇬🇷 Our team in Crete, Angelos Christofilopoulos and Alex King, have already worked on their story/reportage. Soon we will be sharing more about their experience there!

👉 Dont forget to check out our Instagram too: follow us and you will find more sneak peeks: https://www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by ©Angelos Christofilopoulos

10th décembre 2019

🇬🇷 Our team in Crete, Angelos Christofilopoulos and Alex King, have already worked on their story/reportage. Soon we will be sharing more about their experience there!

👉 Don't forget to check out our Instagram too: follow us and you will find more sneak peeks: www.instagram.com/blueborder_cafebabel/

📸 Photo by ©Angelos Christofilopoulos
... See MoreSee Less

🎤 I think those social issues might either work to shrink the potential for dreaming and looking for innovative solution and so leading to personal stagnation or might explode in anger leading to violent actions.

🖋 Stefano Lippiello, Babelian since a long time and Italian journalist, takes thoroughly care of our administration. Have a read on his thoughts about #blueborder below 👇

https://bluebordercafebabel.tumblr.com/post/189514429335/meettheteam-stefano-lippiello-administration

6th décembre 2019

🎤 "I think those social issues might either work to shrink the potential for dreaming and looking for innovative solution and so leading to personal stagnation or might explode in anger leading to violent actions".

🖋 Stefano Lippiello, Babelian since a long time and Italian journalist, takes thoroughly care of our administration. Have a read on his thoughts about #blueborder below 👇

bluebordercafebabel.tumblr.com/post/189514429335/meettheteam-stefano-lippiello-administration
... See MoreSee Less

22nd novembre 2019

... See MoreSee Less

22nd novembre 2019

Tanks so much to invite me, Francesco Barbati... but
what's about Sardinia?
... See MoreSee Less

22nd novembre 2019

#blueborder: please, get on board!

A vast, blue amount of water surrounds them. The Mediterranean Sea embraces 5 islands that are located at geographical margins of the European continent: Crete, Corsica, Cyprus, Malta and Sicily. How does it feel to live there? How far the rest of Europe is? How do islanders deal with their own identities, and what are their perspectives? How real is the perception of being delimited by a blue… border?

A new, exciting and unique photo-journalistic project is about to start. Conceived by Cafébabel Berlin and supported by Babel International, Allianz Kulturstiftung and the French-German Youth Office, #blueborder is another cross-border editorial project following the success of previous ones, such as Balkans & Beyond, Beyond ‘91 and Borderline.

5 teams of cross-border journalists and photographers will explore societal and generational issues on these 5 islands. As a result, their reportages and multimedia stories will unveil challenges, dreams, feelings and struggles of young people living in a border context.

#blueborder’s goal, however, goes beyond that. Alongside the reportages, an exhibition will be launched over the course of the first half of upcoming 2020. The intention is to build solidarity and empathy between different peripheral European realities. The exhibition will touch cities like Chemnitz, Marseille, Brussels and Palermo.

In the next days and weeks we will keep you updated on how #blueborder unfolds. In fact, very soon we will introduce the Cafébabel team behind the project, as well as the cross-border heroes who will make this editorial adventure possible.

Let’s jump aboard and navigate through #blueborder!
... See MoreSee Less

22nd novembre 2019

... See MoreSee Less

22nd novembre 2019

... See MoreSee Less