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Italy. Son of murdered journalist: Do not wait for them to kill other

Chicco Alfano: “It is a paradox that in Italy many journalists have been killed to obtain their silence and yet so little has been done in order to prevent the violence from happening again”

PERUGIA – “It is a paradox that in Italy many journalists have been killed to obtain their silence and yet so little has been done in order to prevent the violence from happening again”. This was the cry launched by Mr. Chicco Alfano, son of the murdered journalist Mr. Beppe Alfano in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Sicily) on January 8, 1993, during the celebrations for the Day of Remembrance of the Journalists killed in Italy by the Mafia and Terrorism.

“It is well known – he added – that after each of these murders there has been a campaign to discredit the victim, to delegitimize it, to kill the credibility along with the voice, following a precise strategy of the Mafia. It seems almost ironic that we talk so little about these things.”

“In Sicily, eight journalists have been killed, the last one was my father, Beppe Alfano, who was killed in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto in 1993. Twenty years have passed and the situation that led to his death and that of other journalists has not yet been overcome. Today, many journalists are threatened, intimidated, assaulted and nobody talks about it, everything is silenced.”

“These events – concluded Mr. Chicco Alfano – occur in total and absolute silence. As an example, just a month ago, in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, the car of the journalist Mr. Leonardo Orlando was set on fire. Mr. Orlando is a correspondent for the Gazzetta del Sud, used to reporting charges against the Mafia, news related to the massacre Capaci, and in shedding light on the ongoing investigation on the presumed negotiations between the Mafia and the State. After the attack the reporter has been left alone, and the civil society of his city took to the streets to express solidarity. But then nobody talked about it any more. More must be done. It is necessary to avoid that another journalist is killed in Sicily. If things continue the way they are, the risks won’t change.”

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