Crime Fighters: Dirty Deals

DEUTSCHE WELLE - CRIME FIGHTERS  |  Series , ±9 min episodes total time 1 hr 39 min  | 
Zita and her family lose everything when a fire destroys the low-income settlement where they live. Some of the neighbors think it was an accident, but Zita, a young law student, starts investigating to find out who is responsible. She discovers that not just her former settlement, but most of the city’s infrastructure was built on corrupt deals, ignoring safety standards and putting the citizens at risk. She starts a social media campaign to uncover the dirty deals and raise awareness – which means stepping on dangerous ground, and soon the threats start coming in. Did the young woman bite off more than she can chew or will she really make a difference in the fight against corruption? This story was written by Chrispin Mwakideu (Kenya)

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01

#1 The Big Fire

Get to know Zita, a young African law student, who is about to make an experience that will change her life…
02

#2 The Price of Negligence

After a fire destroyed their home, Zita’s parents are now in an emergency shelter. They’re devastated, and assume no one will compensate them for their loss. But Zita has had an idea – what’s she up to?
03

#3 Fight for What's Right

While Zita’s former neighbours are protesting, asking for new flats after a fire destroyed theirs, a town clerk secretly shares some juicy information about dubious activities of the City Hall with Zita
04

#4 Time to Act

Beri, the town clerk who gave Zita classified information on corrupt deals last time, warns her to be very careful. Yet Zita still decides to set up a website on fighting corruption.
05

#5 Watch your Back

After Zita started her anti-corruption campaign online, she receives a threatening call: “If you value your life, take that social media site down right now!“ What will Zita do?
06

#6 Missing

Zita's family and neighbours lose their homes in a fire. Most of the neighbors think it was an accident, but Zita, a young African law student, starts investigating to find out who is responsible.
07

#7 #FreeZita

After Zita was kidnapped, she has already been missing for a week. Zita’s ever-growing group of social media followers has started the FreeZita campaign online. Will it bear fruit?
08

#8 Not Guilty

Zita appears in court, charged with publishing classified information with the intention of inciting social unrest. She pleads "not guilty". Will she be able to defend herself?
09

#9 Free at Last

After Zita is declared innocent, many of her followers are calling on her to run for mayor so she can clean up the corruption at City Hall. Will she do it?
10

#10 War on Corruption

After a tumult at her campaign rally, Beri isn’t so sure any more if she really has what it takes to run for mayor and fight corruption systematically. Can Zita convince her to go on?

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