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What is going on in Italy – Safety Net Ossigeno – March 28th – April 3rd, 2014

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Safety Net Ossigeno – Weekly Report March 28th – April 3rd, 2014
What happened in Italy: threatened journalists and obscured news 

The threats-counter of Ossigeno, which in January 2006 was at zero, this week, has exceeded 1800. This means that each year the observatory has reported an average of 210 threats. Comparing this number with the 130 journalists threatened in the first three months of 2014, and this figure tells us how much in recent years the use of intimidation against journalists has intensified in Italy. 130 intimidations in three months intimidation lead to a projection of 520 threats throughout year. It is an alarming forecast. Unfortunately, it is also realistic. Also, this week there have been several disturbing incidents of intimidation: frivolous lawsuits, indictments, pressures, and blackmail.

The most alarming news comes from Calabria: it came to light that in 2012 a regional councillor, Mr Demetrio Naccari Carlizzi, was talking on the phone about the journalist of the daily Il Quotidiano della Calabria, Mr Michele Inserra, with utmost contempt and intending threats, all because he had published exclusive news that was unfavourable to him and his wife. “He will have to sell his organs in order to repay the damages”, the councillor could be heard saying. The transcript of another telephone conversation intercepted by the judiciary implies that the journalist was being spied on within the newsroom.

Furthermore, it has also come to light that the secretary of the Union of the Centre Party, the parliamentarian Mr Lorenzo Cesa, wants to sue the newspapers La Repubblica and Il Corriere della Sera because they wrote that the judiciary is investigating his responsibility with regards to a loan to the party for 200 thousand euros, and which seems illegal.

In Verona, the barrage against the journalist Sigfrido Ranucci of Report continues. He is accused of trying to gather unfavourable information to the municipal administration. The provincial commander of the Guardia di Finanza, Mr Bruno Biagi, is suing Ranucci. In the past days he had already collected the lawsuits from the mayor and others.

BLACKMAIL – The blogger and journalist Mr Marco Belviso told Ossigeno to have received eight complaints for libel after the publication of his articles on corruption in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. One of the plaintiffs said they would drop the charge if he was committed not to write any more articles about him.

INDICTMENTS – A reporter from the weekly magazine Oggi, Mr Giangavino Sulas, was indicted by the judge for the preliminary hearing of the Court of Taranto Ms Patrizia Todisco on charges of aggravated defamation by means of Television against the lawyer Ms Emilia Velletri. The editor of the newspaper, Mr Alessandro Sallusti, will instead face a trial for aggravated defamation against the family of Mr Carlo Giuliani, the protester killed by a policeman during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001.

SENTENCINGS – The Neapolitan monthly La Voce delle Voci will suffer the repossession of assets. Also even the financial resources of the cooperative and of the publishing director will be foreclosed. It’s the result of the conviction to pay a compensation of ninety thousand euros for defamation to Ms Annita Zinni, a provincial coordinator of the Italy of Values party.

ARCHIVIATIONS – The judiciary has filed a lawsuit for libel against the editor of the online newspaper Cronache Maceratesi, Mr Matteo Zallocco and the lawyer Mr Giuseppe Bommarito, a collaborator of the magazine. The lawsuit was filed by a businessman and his family.

Calabria. A politician: “That reporter will have to sell his organs”

Intercepted shocking phrases by the Regional Councillor Naccari Carlizzi talking about Michele Inserra and the editor of the Il Quotidano della Calabria Matteo Cosenza.

The Councillor of the Region of Calabria, Demetrio Naccari Carlizzi, in some wiretaps recorded in 2012 during an investigation by the prosecutor in Reggio Calabria, threatened to sue for damages in a civil court the reporter Michele Inserra, senior director of the Il Quotidiano della Calabria, and the editor of the same newspaper, Matteo Cosenza, in order to obtain from them large amounts of money in compensation for the publication of two undesirable news articles. (continua a leggere in italiano)

Newspapers write that Cesa is indicted: he promises lawsuits

The deputy and leader of the Union of the Centre party wants to sue those who have pointed at him for being under investigation for illegal financing from the funds of the Finmeccanica group.

A lawsuit “to protect my integrity and my party” was announced by Lorenzo Cesa, the national secretary of the Union of the Centre party, in response to the press which believes him under investigated for the possible illegal financing of 200 thousand euros to the party. (continua a leggere in italiano)

Defamation. Verona. Another lawsuit against Report

After the mayor Flavio Tosi and others, this time is the provincial commander of the Guardia di Finanza Bruno Biagi to cite the journalist Sigfrido Ranucci.

The journalist for the TV programme Report, a criminal investigation show aired on RaiTre, Mr Sigfrido Ranucci, is being sued for simple defamation by the commander of the Guardia di Finanza of the province of Verona Mr Bruno Biagi. (continua a leggere in italiano)

Complaints and blackmail: “I won’t sue you if you stop writing about me”.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia: there are eight citations for defamation received from Marco Belviso for his blog ilperbenista.it. He has never been convicted.

Through his blog he reported from Friuli episodes of cronyism, conflicts of interest and waste of public money that have made for the headlines; now – after having unsuccessfully sued him several times – they have suggested to “barter” his silence with the peace of the court: no more complaints. (continua a leggere in italiano)

Defamation. The eight complaints against the blogger Marco Belviso

The journalist and editor of ilperbenista.it recounts his judicial misadventures.

Mr Marco Belviso, journalist and blogger (ilperbenista.it) from Udine, has received eight complaints in recent years. He has never been condemned by the judges however. (continua a leggere in italiano)

Scazzi case: indicted journalist from Oggi

Giangavino Sulas is accused of aggravated defamation through the TV against the former lawyer Ms Sabrina Misseri. “I’ve never been asked for a rectification” he says.

Giangavino Sulas, a journalist for the weekly magazine Oggi, has been indicted by the judge for the preliminary hearing of the Court of Taranto Ms Patrizia Todisco on charges of aggravated defamation by TV means against the lawyer Ms Emilia Velletri. (Read more)

G8: Sallusti on trial for aggravated defamation

The editor of the newspaper was sued by the family of Carlo Giuliani, the protester who died in 2001 during the riots in Genoa.

The family of Carlo Giuliani, the protester killed by a policeman during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001, has indicted the newspaper editor Alessandro Sallusti on charges of aggravated defamation. (continua a leggere in italiano)

Lawsuits. La Voce delle Voci. The foreclosure has begun

The procedure of appeal to the conviction in first degree to pay compensation of 90 thousand euros, while the funds of both the director and the monthly are blocked, has begun.

It started on April 1st, in L’Aquila, the procedure of appeal for the monthly La Voce delle Voci, convicted by the civil court of Sulmona to a compensation of about ninety thousand euros for having harmed the reputation, with a 2008 article, of the provincial coordinator of the Italy of Values party Ms ​​Annita Zinni. (read more)

Defamation. Archived lawsuit against Cronache Maceratesi

One commentator criticized the construction of a shopping mall and had been reported along with the editor, Matteo Zallocco, by an entrepreneur.

The judge for the preliminary investigations of Macerata has archived the lawsuit for libel that the entrepreneur Alfio Caccamo and some of his family members had filed against the editor of the online newspaper Cronache Maceratesi, Mr Matteo Zallocco, and the attorney Mr Giuseppe Bommarito, a collaborator for the paper, who in June 2012 had raised many questions about the construction of a shopping centre in Corridonia, the “CorridOmnia Shopping Park”, built by Alba Srl of which Caccamo is the reference shareholder. (continua a leggere in italiano)

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