Tuesday 30 March 2021

Unravelling a Scandal


Last night I watched Alexander Nanau’s award-winning documentary, Unravelling a Scandal.

On 30 October 2015 a fire broke out at a rock concert at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania. There were inadequate fire exits and 27 people were killed, with 37 dying later as burn victims.

There were massive street demonstrations across Romania and the government resigned. Not only had there been negligence at corporate and state level regarding inadequate fire protection, but the post-fire deaths were found to have been due to contaminated disinfectants supplied to hospitals.

All this was exposed by Catalin Tolontan, Mirela Neag and a team of journalists at Gazeta Sporturilo (Sports Gazette) who meticulously uncovered a world of political and corporate corruption, bribery, offshore accounts and mysterious ‘suicides’.

The state media and major news outlets remained quiet or joined in attacks on them as they exposed the scandal.

Of course nothing like this could take place in this country. Oh wait a minute …...