Zenobia Stealing

A TV documentary tracked down an ancient artefact which was believed to have been stolen from an Arbatan Tomb, a town in the Syrian city of Palmyra. The artefact was one among twenty-two pieces which Interpol claimed had been lost sometime between 2014 and 2015. The investigators were able to track the piece with the help of a Syrian merchant living in Turkey, who also showed the team a number of other artefact pieces that he had smuggled out of the country and planned to ship to Canada. Using secret cameras, the reporting team were able to show the Syrian antique smuggling process, from excavation to the smuggling routes which take goods across the border and into Turkey, Britain and Canada.

This project was carried out by Motif Agency while Abdul Jalil Jizawi and Firas Saleh, were partners in the agency.

The team

Research and Coordination
Marwan Al-Homsi
Ahmed Al-Homsi
Nesma Hossam Al-Gizawi
Susan Qitaz
Jihan Yassin

Haseeb Abdul Razzaq

Translation and Proofreading
Hisham Mahra

Acting Scenes
Samer Al-Farawati

Voice Comment
Hassan Hegazy

Youssef Al-Jundi
Tariq Haddad
Radwan Al-Homsi

Abdel-Wareth Al-Laham
Ibrahim Abukasha
Alaa Khalifa

Production Manager
Abdul Jalil Jizawi

General Supervision
Fadi Fawaz Haddad

Producer and Director
Youssef Al-Jundi

Editor’s Pick: Best Investigative Journalism in Arabic 2018

The Global Investigative Journalism Network announced the most important investigative stories produced in 2018, including the film “Zenobia Stealing”.

The Film

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