maritime piracy

The good vein of the “false pirate”

(BRUSSELS2) They are apparently a few in Kenya to have surfed the wave of piracy in the suburbs of Nairobi. As it says  Channel four, several media outlets have thus been abused by a seemingly artisanal but well-established company. A "to stare” offers journalists the opportunity to interview real hackers live for a fee. You have to make the fun last, show that it's not easy to reach the pirates, and in the process cash in a little more. The longer the search lasts, the more he and his accomplices stand to pay.

Bashir, a Kenyan of Somali ethnicity, played the role of a pirate for Time magazine as well as in a documentary filmed for Danish television (Read: journey into piracy), telling a story, after all plausible, of a poor fisherman who became a pirate. The pirates would have wanted to recruit him because he “ could swim », valuable knowledge for other recruits. And to question the credulity of white journalists: “ Pirates have money. Why would they do this to testify in a film? They don't have time to tell their story to white people for money? ". Adan, another of these actors, learns the lesson. " You know, guys from the West think Africans are idiots. But we have proven that we are not fools. We are smarter than them. »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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