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What is going on in Italy – Ossigeno Safety Net Ossigeno – 29th September – 5th October 2014

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Ossigeno Safety Net – Weekly Report 29thSeptember – 5thOctober 2014
What happened in Italy: threatened journalists and obscured news 

Ossigeno per L’Informazione has picked up reports and reported cases of intimidation and threats against journalists also during this past week. Besides the unpleasant episodes, however, some Courts have sentenced acquittals and requested the dismissal of charges against journalists accused of defamation. Following, the events of greatest importance.

Piera Pipitone, editor of the web TV TeleIBS and of the fortnightly review L’Opinione di Mazara del Vallo, in the province of Trapani, found her car on the morning of September 18th with the tires slashed and the roof window broken. The journalist had written a few articles on the failure of a treatment plant.

DEFAMATION – The editor of the online daily newspaper Giornale del Cilento, Maurizio Troccoli, and the judiciary reporter, Luigi Martino, received a notice of conclusion of the investigation that preludes a trial for defamation. They were sued for using the words “gang” and “extortionists” by some people arrested as part of a judicial investigation on a criminal association dedicated to usury.

The MP Ms Jole Santelli has sued the reporter of the TV show Le Iene Ms Sabrina Nobile, who, during an interview aired on September, 24th, asked her what ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria) was. Ms Santelli claims damages to her image and personal reputation.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION? – In Rome, two bus drivers of the TPL company (local public transport) have been suspended from duty for having spoken of the failure of some vehicles during an interview with the inquiring TV show Presadiretta of RAI 3 (episode dated September, 21st).

The public prosecutor Margherita Brunello has asked for the filing of the lawsuit brought by the mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi, against the journalist of the TV show Report Sigfrido Ranucci, for an episode in April that delved into the relationship between the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria and part of the city administration.

ACQUITTALS – The journalists of La Nuova Ferrara will not have to compensate the former prosecutor of the city Mariaemanuela Guerra, who had brought a civil lawsuit accusing the newspaper of a smear campaign with articles published between 2007 and 2010 on the “Aldrovandi case “, the 18 year-old who died in 2005 in a public park during a police raid. The judge of the court of Ancona, Maria Teresa Danieli, has rejected the claim of “at least €1.5 million” because “free of foundations.”

The former editor of La Gazzetta del Molise, Vincenzo Cimino, was acquitted by the Court of Campobasso from a lawsuit dating back to 2007. The journalist applied a correction on the day following the erroneous publication by a co-worker who reported the indictment of the Mayor Lupara. The Mayor however sued for libel nonetheless. Giancarlo and Fabio De Palo, brothers of Graziella, the journalist mysteriously disappeared in Lebanon in 1980 with her colleague Italo Toni, decided to formally present to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers an instance of access to documents – so far covered by state secrecy – collected at the time by the Italian secret services and other public institutions.

Mazara (Trapani province). Slashed car tires for the editor of TeleIBS
Also, the roof canvas of the car had been cut out. Piera Pipitone wrote about the malfunctioning of the sewage treatment plant. Solidarity from the local community. He found the four tires and the roof of the car slashed with a clean cut
Piera Pipitone, editor of the web TV channel TeleIBS and of the fortnightly review L’Opinione di Mazara del Vallo, near Trapani, went immediately to report the incident to the police after seeing on the morning of September, 18 her car damaged. She received solidarity from colleagues and local administrators. (continue reading)

“Gangs and extortionists”. Giornale del Cilento on trial for defamation
I did not expect it, the editor Maurizio Troccoli syas. We talked of a group of loan sharks discovered by the prosecution
The editor of the online daily Giornale del Cilento, Maurizio Troccoli, and the court reporter, Luigi Martino, have received a notice of completion of the investigation as a prelude to their trial for defamation. (continue reading)

What is ISIS? Jole Santelli (Forza Italia) files lawsuit against Le Iene
The MP said that it reminded her of an international project against terrorism
The interview was broadcast in Piazza Montecitorio on September 24th. During the interview, the correspondent Sabrina Nobile had asked the MP what ISIS was, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Greater Syria. (continue reading)

Rome. Bus drivers suspended after interview with PresaDiretta
The two workers had talked about the failures of the service. The TPL is applying a Royal Decree from 1939 and threatens lawsuits against Iacona
In Rome, two drivers of the public transport bus company TPL (local public transport) have been suspended from duty for having talked about the failure of vehicles in interviews with journalists from the TV show PresaDiretta aired on RAI3 and broadcast during the episode aired on Sunday 21 September. (continue reading)

Preemptive lawsuit of Tosi against Report towards archiviation
Filing asked by the prosecutor, who says: the journalist Ranucci has exercised freedom of the press. Awaiting the sentence. In August, further insults against another reporter of the RAI3 TV show
The prosecutor has requested the dismissal of the lawsuit filed by the mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi against the journalist Sigfrido Ranucci of the Tv show Report, for an episode aired in April on the relationship between the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria and parts of the city administration. (continue reading)

Aldrovandi. La Nuova Ferrara does not have to indemnify the prosecutor Guerra
The magistrate, criticized for her conduct in the investigation into the death of the young man, was asking “not less than one and a half million Euros” in a civil proceeding
The journalists of La Nuova Ferrara will not have to compensate the former prosecutor of the city of the Emilia Romagna region, Mariaemanuela Guerra, who had brought a civil action accusing the newspaper of a smear campaign with articles published between 2007 and 2010 on the “Aldrovandi case”, where an 18 year-old died in 2005 in a public park following a police raid. (continue reading)

Molise. Acquitted journalist who spontaneously applied correction
Vincenzo Cimino, former editor of La Gazzetta del Molise had applied the correction to a mistake the day after, but was sued for libel by the mayor
“Acquitted for lack of evidence.” The Court of Campobasso has with such a motivation closed the case against Vincenzo Cimino for a lawsuit dating back to 2007. (continue reading)

Toni-De Palo. Family prepare instance for access to documents
Informal meeting with the President of COPASIR. The Secret State has fallen, but there is a risk of long times.
Giancarlo and Fabio De Palo, brothers of Graziella, the journalist mysteriously disappeared in Lebanon in 1980 with her colleague Italo Toni, decided to formally present to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers an instance of access to the documents gathered at the time by the Italian secret service and other public institutions, and so far covered by state secrecy. (continue reading)

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