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What is going on in Italy – Ossigeno Safety Net 22th – 28th September 2014

The 30th of the 48 weekly reports created with the support of the European Union and distributed in eleven countries in order to promote a common understanding

Safety Net Ossigeno – Weekly Report 22nd-28th September 2014

What happened in Italy: threatened journalists and censored news

In Italy, intimidation and threats against journalists happen every day. But the emergency is not just about our country: on September 22nd, in Warsaw, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic stressed this during the annual conference on human rights. Mijatovic reported a rise in attacks against journalists and the failure on the part of governments to put in place appropriate initiatives to counter them. It is necessary, therefore, to know what actually happens in Western countries and to better protect the work of journalists: Ossigeno, present at the event, remarked so too. In order to do this, more insightful observation instruments are required: that is why the event was also an occasion to present the “Method” developed by Ossigeno.

INTIMIDATION – After the letter with a bullet, death threats posted on the office door and slashed car tires, Gianpaolo Balsamo, a crime reporter for the Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno in Barletta, has filed a complaint for having received several threatening phone calls to the newsroom.

A crew of the satirical TV newsreel Striscia la Notizia has been attacked with a stick by a man who was wrongfully exercising the profession of dentist in San Valentino Torio, in the province of Salerno, on September 11th.

INSULTS – “The local news is in the hands of women. Some prove to be able to make better use of their mouth than their hand…”: was the post written on Facebook by the former mayor of Brindisi Giovanni Antonino on September 9th, addressing the chroniclers of the local press who had given the news of an investigation in which he was involved and under investigation.

On September 13th, Domenico De Vito, former hooligan leader and former councilor of Torre Annunziata (near Naples), insulted Gianluca Buonocore, collaborator of the website loStrillone.TV, during a press conference by the Savoia Calcio.

On August 4th, the former chief of staff of the mayor of Formia, Giovanni Acampora, has publicly insulted Kristian Franzini, one of the editors of the local online newspaper H24 News, waving a bottle at him. The incident had not follow up because Franzini let it be, given their personal relationship.

Sergio Malfitano, mayor of Nicosia, in the province of Enna, during a city council lashed out against “certain local press” and announced a rally in late September to refute the falsehoods that a newspaper of the city would have spilt in its articles.

The film producer and chairman of the Napoli football club Aurelio De Laurentiis was questioned on 11th September by prosecutors in Milan investigating the alleged defamation denounced by the journalist Andrea Longoni. In 2012, De Laurentiis, responding to a question regarding the remuneration of the player Edinson Cavani outside the Football League’s headquarters in Milan, said that “football journalists are just villains, because they are only interested in money.”

UPDATES – Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced by the Supreme Court to compensate the Espresso group with 10,200 euro for the payment of legal fees: with this sentence, the defamation lawsuit filed by the former head of the Italian government in 2001 against the newspaper La Repubblica for an article which reiterated criticisms expressed by The Economist has been definitively rejected.

The Court of Rome established on July 2nd that Il Fatto Quotidiano has not defamed the former President of the Senate Renato Schifani, who four years ago had asked for a compensation of € 720,000 for five articles published by the newspaper between 2009 and 2010, in which he was associated to the mafia.

Journalists, OSCE says: attacks increased over the last year
The report by Dunja Mijatovic in Warsaw, the tragedy of the Crimea and the Ukraine crisis: “I do not want to use dramatic tones, but last year I saw real tragedies with my own eyes”, said Dunja Mijatovic at the important conference on freedom of expression that takes place in Warsaw every year, within the OSCE conference on Human Rights. (continue reading)

Free countries, the threats to journalists and the alibi for not talking about it
Ossigeno per l’Informazione at the HDIM meeting of the OSCE on human rights taking place in Warsaw. The intervention by Alberto Spampinato on 22 September. (continue reading)

Chronicler of the Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno repeatedly threatened
Gianpaolo Balsamo works in Barletta. Since 2006 he has been the victim of intimidation.
“I’ve thought about changing jobs”, he confesses A letter with a bullet, death threats posted on the office door and then the slashed tires of his car. These are some of the threats that the reporter Gianpaolo Balsamo has been the victim of since 2006. Editor of the Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno in the branch of Barletta, Mr Balsamo writes articles on crime stories since 2004. (continue reading)

Salerno. Fake dentist attacks Striscia La Notizia crew
The man has been charged by the police, that a few days later placed the seals to the fake doctor’s office.
The envoy for Striscia La Notizia Luca Abete and his crew were attacked and beaten with a stick on September 11th as they were shooting a service on the fraudulent dentist practice. (continue reading)

Brindisi. Former Mayor insults women journalists. Protests from Order and Assostampa
Giovanni Antonino lashed out against the local press for news of an investigation in which he is being investigated. Prompt reaction from Order and Assostampa.
“The local news is in the hands of women. Some prove to be more able with their mouth that with their hands…”, the former mayor of Brindisi, Giovanni Antonino, wrote as a post on his Facebook page on September 9th. (continue reading)

Torre Annunziata. Journalist insulted during press conference
The management of the Savoia Calcio was present, but did not defend the contributor of loStrillone.TV
“You’re annoying everyong with your articles, you have to stop it.” With these words, a former hooligan leader and former city councilor has reprimanded with serious insults a contributor of loStrillone.TV, Gianluca Buonocore, during a press conference of the Savoia Calcio. (continue reading)

Formia (Latina province). Sparks against H24 publisher, followed by apologies
The former chief of staff of the mayor has publicly insulted Kristian Franzini who had given the news of his involvement in a judicial inquiry. In Formia, in the province of Latina, life for reporters and people working in publishing continues to be difficult. After the blatant attacks of recent months by the mayor and his predecessor, nerves remain tense and the accident is always around the corner. (continue reading)

Sicily. Mayor announces rally against unwelcome press
The mayor of Nicosia (in the province of Enna) railed against the newspaper La Sicilia and the reporter Giulia Martorana, who says: “He has not been answering my calls for months”
A tirade in the city council against “certain local press” and the announcement of a rally in late September so as to deny the falsehoods that a newspaper in Nicosia would have written in its articles. It is the initiative of Sergio Malfitano, mayor of the Sicilian town in the province of Enna. (continue reading)

Defamation. Insults the journalists, De Laurentiis questioned
The film producer and president of the Napoli Calcio was denounced by a journalist of Telelombardia
Aurelio De Laurentiis was questioned on September 11th by prosecutors in Milan investigating the alleged defamation denounced by the journalist Andrea Longoni. The news was reported by the Corriere del Mezzogiorno. (continue reading)

Defamation. Supreme Court condemns Berlusconi to compensate the Espresso group
In 2001, the former Cavaliere sued La Repubblica for an article that reiterated criticisms vented by The Economist. The Court points out important principles for freedom of information.
Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced by the Supreme Court to compensate the group L’Espresso with 10,200 euro for the payment of legal fees, after it has definitively rejected the defamation lawsuit filed by the former head of government in 2001. (Continue Reading)

Defamation. Il Fatto Quotidiano does not have to compensate Schifani
The former President of the Senate had cited the newspaper asking for € 720,000 for five articles which alleged his relationships with mafia environments
The Court of Rome established on July 2 that Il Fatto Quotidiano had not defamed the ormer President of the Senate Renato Schifani, who four years ago had asked for a compensation of € 720,000 for five articles published by the newspaper between 2009 and 2010. This was explained by the same newspaper in an article on July 30. (continue reading)

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