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What is going in Italy – Safety Net Ossigeno – 1st-6th February 2014

The first of 48 weekly reports produced with the support of the European Union and distributed in eleven countries to promote a common understanding

The “Ossigeno Safety Net” Reports display the overall picture and updated summaries of the most recent intimidations of journalists and media workers in Italy because of their work. These Reports document the extent of unlawful interferences in the freedom of the press, the circulation of ideas and opinions, and in the publication of information of public interest.

The reasons behind the project lie in the usefulness of this kind of news, so as to know conditions in other countries and promote awareness on these issues across Europe. All media are invited to divulge this information, free of charge, and at the sole condition of explicitly indicating the source, i.e. “Ossigeno Safety Net”, and the website of origin.

Ossigeno per l’Informazione produces the reports within the context of the European project “Safety Net for European Journalists. A transnational network support for media freedom in Italy and Southeast Europe”. The project has the support of the European Union, collaborates with media partners from eleven European countries, it is produced by Ossigeno per l’Informazione in cooperation with the Observatory on the Balkans and the Caucasus of Rovereto (Trent) and the SEEMO (South East Europe Media Organisation) of Vienna, and is advised by Professor Eugenia Siapera from the University of Dublin. The media partners are already engaged in spreading these reports in eleven European countries. The project’s aim is to raise awareness amongst a wider European public opinion on issues related to press freedom and freedom of expression.

Ossigeno Safety Net – Weekly Report 1st – 6th February 2014 – Two intimidations per day since January 1st, 2014

In the first 37 days of 2014 Ossigeno recorded in Italy 73 intimidations of journalists, cameramen, bloggers and writers. The data show a 100% increase compared to 2012 and 2013, during which an average of an intimidation a day was recorded. With the latest episodes, the count of journalists who are victims of intimidations, threats and/or abuses since 2006 and held by Ossigeno has exceeded 1700. The data comes from the daily monitoring carried out by the Observatory through a systematic consultation of media sources and the collection, verification and classification of inputs coming from the representative organizations of journalists, and from a rising number of reports coming directly from the interested journalists. Intimidations include threats, damages, public insults, slurs, frequent abuse of the right to file lawsuits for defamation, the use of lawsuits and claims for damages without having asked for the publication of corrections or clarifications according to the law.

THE CASES OF THE WEEK include: the journalist Mr Giacomo di Girolamo, who has been sued for 150 thousand euros in reparation of damages by the Mayor of Marsala for some articles that were not appreciated; the judgment of the Supreme Court, which acquitted after seven years the columnist Mr Vittorio Feltri, who was sued for libel by the magistrate Mr Henry John Woodcock for a 2006 article in which the journalist criticized his decision to arrest Mr Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, a descendant of the royal house of Italy until 1946, and which quipped about his English surname in ways that the Court has deemed villainous but not defamatory; the indictment for complicity in a case of defamation of a Facebook user for having expressed an “Like” in a comment posted by others, and deemed an offensive gesture; a sports reporter assaulted by three fans for his articles on some events relating to the Parma Football Club.

Marsala.it: editor sued by the mayor, Ms Adamo, once again
Mr Giacomo Di Girolamo was sued again. He is being asked €150’000 in compesnations. The comment of the lawyer, Mr Valerio Vartolo
The mayor of Marsala, Ms Giulia Adamo, supported by a centre-left majority, has sued the editor of Marsala.it and Rmc 101 Mr Giacomo Di Girolamo, asking a compensation for some €150’000. Read more

Defamation. Mr Vittorio Feltri acquitted from Woodcock charges
The magistrate was offended by an article published in 2006. But the Supreme Court judged it was not a crime but an “a rudeness, which is not punishable”, a “fall in style”
Mr Vittorio Feltri, columnist for Il Giornale, was acquitted by the Supreme Court from the charge of defamation against the magistrate Mr Henry John Woodcock. Read more

Defamation. To court for a “like”on Facebook
A man from Parma will be tried for having approved a comment on Facebook in a feud between two women who had worked with him on a project
One “like”, one simple click on a Facebook comment is likely to cost a conviction for complicity in aggravated defamation. Read more

Parma: sports reporter attacked by hooligans at an autogrill
“They grabbed me by the jacket, complaining about some recent articles I’d wrote” complains Mr Gabriele Majo, editor of stadiotardini.it. “It’s not the first time”
They saw him, took him aside and grabbed him, complaining about some articles that had been written recently which were not appreciated: three Parma fans, a first division football team, attacked Mr Gabriele Majo so. Mr Majo is a professional journalist and editor for the online magazine stadiotardini.it. Read more

THIS REPORT was produced with the support of the European Union as part of the Safety Net project. The responsibility for the contents of this publication is of Ossigeno per l’Informazione and does not in any way reflect the opinion of the European Union. The contents can be reproduced free of charge by explicitly specifying the source “Ossigeno Safety Net Report” and the link from which it was taken.


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