The two journalists were regularly authorized to visit Turin’s CIE, but once they got there they were only allowed to enter an administrtative office where they were given just data. They were only allowed to see the lodgings from a distance.
The journalists were tod that cameras would create tensions among the immigrants detained there. But they were not even allowed to make interviews without cameras”, Natale explained. “Last month Fnsi and LasciateCIEntrare welcomed the Interior Minister’s decision to revoke the no entry imposed by the previous government. But is is unaccttable that journalists are can only have access to the institutional version of what happens in CIE. Our campaign will go on unill the censorship on Cie will be removed and tranceparncy and accuracy of information will be guaranteed”.
.Fnsi and LasciateCIEntrare had launched a campaign to ask journalists to take advantage of the possibilità to visit CIE and CARA and to use it to write stories denouncing the inhumane conditions in which the immigrants are kept there. Up until now those conditions have only been described by the Italian parliament and European Union delegations that have visited those facilities before the opening to the press. Many have reported to have seen or heard the immigrants talk about mistreatments and to have seen damp and moldy mattresses on the ground, filthy bathrooms and overcrowded cells with people kept in inhumane conditions. Furthermore these facilities cost millions of Euros. Cie and Cara have also been described as actual detention centers, armored as maximum security prisons, although out of the criminal legal order because the detentions there are considered administrative ones. The detainees are immigrants found without their residence permit or Asylum Seekers.
"At the Immigrants detention center of Trapani there is no water in the toilets, the shower water is cold, the dorms are over crowded. Under these conditions it is very difficult to protect human dignity", said UE parliamentary Cecilia Wikstrom after visiting Trapani's Cara in November.
There are incredible stories on Cie and Cara such as that of a teenager for Bologna locked in a Cie by mistake, or of a woman that after denouncing her boyfriend for violence was locked in the same facility, or the better known international story of a Tunisian man with a pregnant Dutch wife that was locked in a Cie notwithstanding his European wife and a Schengen visa.