Roberto Saviano faces up to 6 years in jail if convicted of criminally defaming the far right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini; Salvini has previously threatened to remove police protection from the mafia-threatened journalist.
Police thwarted a planned attack against journalist Paolo Borrometi aimed at putting “a stop to his reporting.”
Vatican judges acquit journalists who published exposés on endemic corruption in the Holy See.
Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fitiipaldi are being investigated over their books ‘Avarizia’ and ‘Via Crucis’, which examine Vatican finances.
Italian police conducted an identity check on the three men and three women after they held a spontaneous, uncoordinated protest against an anti-gay-marriage group calling itself the Sentinelle in Piedi, or Standing Sentries, on 29 March in Perugia.
ARTICLE 19 recently analysed Italy’s defamation law for its compliance with international free expression standards. The law, adopted by the Chamber of Deputies on 17 October 2013, introduces amendments to several laws dealing with civil and criminal defamation.
Francesco Gangemi, editor of monthly magazine The Debate, was sentenced to two years in jail over eight libel convictions that he had accumulated in the last seven years. Gangemi is disabled and has cancer, local reports say.
Three Italian journalists were convicted of defaming a Palermo magistrate in an article published in the weekly news magazine Panorama in 2010. The article in question alleged that the magistrate had connections to organised crime.
The last several months in Italy have seen a few disquieting attacks against independent media and an investigative reporter. The Federazione Anarchica Italiana, an anarchist organisation, has claimed responsibility for one of the attacks.
La Stampa’s offices in Turin received a package containing a cloth compact disc carrier with explosive powder, cables and a detonator inside. The package contained no note or information about who sent it or why.
The Italian senate’s 123-29 vote yesterday reversed its approval earlier this month of an amendment to existing law that would have seen journalists convicted of libel imprisoned for up to a year, while their editors would face fines of up to €50,000.
An Italian court has upheld a criminal libel suit against editor Alessandro Sallusti, sentencing him to 14 months in prison.
ARTICLE 19 calls on the Italian Parliament to repeal criminal defamation legislation following the conviction of journalist Orfeo Donatini and former newspaper director Tiziano Marson.