Deceptive diplomacy

Deceptive diplomacy

Deceptive Diplomacy is an multiple award winning documentary that exposed the cover-up within the UN to hide crucial evidence about the murder of the UN experts Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The story became global news shaking the entire United Nations to its core.

An international team of investigative reporters revealed how top UN officials covered up crucial information about the murder of the UN experts Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp and their four Congolese colleagues in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017.

The official version from the Congolese government and the UN blamed the local militia Kamuina Nsapu for the murders. But the team of reporters were leaked thousands of documents from the UN’s own investigation of the murder revealing that they have long been in possession of information showing that individuals within the Congolese go­vernment can be linked to the murders. They are commanders in the military and agents in the security service. The team could also show the true motives of the cover-up.

The story made headlines globally. The Congolese minister for Foreign affairs called the information lies, but shortly after the broadcast a Congolese army colonel was arrested. Deceptive Diplomacy has received national and international awards, for example an International Emmy in the Current Affairs category, as well as best current affairs at Prix Europa 2019.

deceptive diplomacy

Original title: Uppdrag granskning: FN och mörkläggningen

Genre: Current Affairs, Investigative, Documentary

Duration: 58 minutes

Year of Production: 2018

Reporters & Directors: Ali Fegan & Axel Gordh Humlesjö

Executive producer: Ulf Johansson

Photography & Editor: Ola Christofferson

Research:​ Sonia Rolley, Hannes Munzinger, Tobias Zick, Frederik Obermaier & Colum Lynch.

Produced by: SVT/Mission Investigate

In association with: Le Monde, Radio France international, Foreign Policy Magazine, Suddeutsch Zeitung.

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