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What is going on in Italy – Safety Net Ossigeno – 1st-7th December2014

The 40th of 48 weekly reports created with the support of the European Union and disseminated in eleven countries to promote a common awareness

Safety Net Ossigeno – Weekly Report 1st-7thDecember 2014
What happened in Italy: threatened journalists and obscured news

While in Italy the problem is having a hard time breaking the news of the mass media themselves, abroad the awareness of what is happening in our country seems paradoxically more understood, and it is thus plain how serious an emergency the threats against journalists are in our country. Except Claudio Fava, vice president of the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission, who made a statement on 4 December in Paris, during the conference on press freedom and the protection of journalists that was held at the French Senate. The occasion served to present the European web platform for monitoring threats and intimidation against media outlets, established by the Council of Europe, which will start operations in January 2015. Ossigeno per L’Informazione is among the associations involved for provision of reports from Italy.

Meanwhile, the work of the Observatory was quoted by the Senate President Pietro Grasso, during the Forum of Rome “An unarmed hand”. In the list of reporters who have been intimidated, as well as some more famous colleagues, Grasso said, “you can read the names of dozens of local journalists who put on a firm opposition against the smaller and larger criminals in their territory.”

“CAPITOL MAFIA HILL” – Meanwhile in Italy the work of some journalists, under police protection, has paid off with fruitful results: for two years LirioAbbate, reporter of L’Espresso, wrote of mafia in Rome. This week the judiciary, following on those reports, has made important arrests that have shattered the prominent politicians and local administrators galvanizing the public opinion’s attention.

HOW MANY UNDER PROTECTION? – Senator FeliceCasson, vice president of the Justice Committee, addressed with a question the Minister of Interior requesting that the number of reporters who live under police protection be made known.

Another serious intimidation was perpetrated against PinoManiàci, editor of Telejato: his two dogs were found hanged dead to a fence near the headquarters of the broadcaster, in Partinico (in the province of Palermo). Last week, an old car of the journalist was burned.

THREAT LETTER – Vincenzo Brunelli, head of crime news at the daily Il Garantista, received in the mailbox of his home in Cosenza an envelope with seven bullets.

AGGRESSIONS – Two journalists, Franco Lannino, photographer for the agency Studio Camera, and the freelance PietroGiammona, were attacked on 27th November in Palermo in the church of the cemetery of St. Mary of the scrolls (S. Maria deiRotoli), before the mass for the funeral of a baby girl abandoned by the mother in a dumpster. The former was slapped and threatened, while the latter was pushed and his camera was damaged.

Daniele Castri, correspondent of the local fortnightly Il Caffé, was hit, insulted and jostled by the relatives of a majority councillor of the City Council of Albano Lazio (in the province of Rome), during the sessions of the Council of 19th and 20th November.

INSULTS – Silvia Fabbi, journalist for the daily Corrieredell’Alto Adige, was insulted on Facebook by a former mayoral candidate of the Northern League in Merano (in the province of Bolzano), who later apologized, for an article she had written on Italians converted to Islam.

COMPLAINTS – The TV show of inquiry Report has received a lawsuit following the episode of November 23rd devoted to the crisis at the Monte deiPaschi di Siena bank. The former director of the Vatican bank IOR, Paolo Cipriani, has filed a complaint against the journalist Paolo Mondani and the editor Milena Gabanelli for defamation.

The City Council of Livorno has sued the editors of the local newspapers Il Tirreno, Omar Monestier, and La Nazione, Marcello Mancini, and the entire steering committee of the association Livorno Democratica, for publishing a cartoon on reimbursements to councillors.

FROM PROSECUTORS AND COURTS – Two civil prosecutions and a criminal one are underway in Naples against two journalists of L’Espresso, Gianluca Di Feo and Claudio Pappaianni, accused of libel for the inquiry “Drink Naples then die” (bevi Napoli poi muori), relative to problems in the drinking water of the city, which is also an issue on which the anti-mafia directorate is investigating.

The Court of Salerno decided to adjourn the trial for MarilenaNatale, crime and judicial reporter for the daily Gazzetta di Caserta. The former Regional Councillor of Campania Nicola Ferraro had sued the journalist for defamation.

On the other hand, the lawsuit against the online newspaper Molise24, which had written of irregularities and anomalies in the purifier of the industrial area of Pozzili (in the province of Isernia) in an article in April 2013, was filed.

All the news:

Paris. Fava: there are too many threatened journalists in Italy
The vice president of the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission sends a warning from a conference at the French Senate. “It’s like in Russia,” Novaya Gazeta says
PARIS, December 4th – In Italy, in order to be able to address the problem of too many threatened journalists, “it is necessary to break the isolation of the threatened, and that is why press statements of solidarity do not suffice”. (continue reading)

Threatened journalists. In Paris a web platform for their protection has been launched
It will welcome reports from all over Europe. From Italy, Ossigeno will also contribute. World and European Federations of journalists, including RSF, AEJ, and Article 19, will manage it.
Tomorrow, on Thursday, December 4th in Paris, within the halls of the French Senate, there will be the official launch of the Internet platform created by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to promote throughout the continent a greater protection of journalists in front of the rise of threats, intimidation and serious abuses against them in every country.(continue reading)

Journalists. Names of the threatened on a European platform from January
Memorandum signed in Paris on the monitoring by the IFJ, EFJ, Article 19, Reporters Sans Frontieres and AEJ. The work by Ossigeno was cited.
PARIS, December 4th – It will start operating in January 2015, the monitoring platform for threats against journalists created by the Council of Europe and entrusted to five international organizations (IFJ, EFJ, Article 19, Reporters Sans Frontieres and AEJ) which today in Paris have signed a memorandum of intent on the management of the project. (continue reading)

Capitol Mafia Hill. Information must keep attention high
Barrage of prominent arrests and investigations. For some time some reporters have been under police protection for having written about the Roman underworld, anticipating the investigations by the prosecution The plague bubble of the mafia in the capital has burst. A purely Roman mafia made up of, according to investigations by the judiciary, interconnections between organized crime, public officials and politicians. Thirty-seven arrests and one hundred under investigation. (continue reading)

Grasso. The Mafia fears free information and wants to silence it
The President of the Senate at the forum by StampaRomana “An unarmed hand” (a manodisarmata) said. Citing the data from Ossigeno, Grasso invited you to remain vigilant
“Crime demands silence and tries to stop uncomfortable journalists. Because in the silence it is capable of weaving relations with corruptible politicians and with the economic and institutional power. For this reason, the Mafia does not tolerate journalists who reveal the dynamics of organized crime.”(continue reading)

Threatened journalists. “How many are there?” Casson asked Alfano
Interrogation to the Minister of Interior to know those who live under police protection, and what it will you do in the face of a growing phenomenon also under observation by the EU
“Too many are those journalists under protection because affected by threats, intimidation and abuses aimed at limiting or preventing the flow of information. May the Minister Alfano provide the numbers of the phenomenon, since freedom of information, legality and democracy go hand in hand.” This is what the senator FeliceCasson, vice president of the Justice Committee, inquired to the Minister of the Interior. (continue reading)

Another warning against Pino Maniàci: they hanged his dogs
Telejato was concentrating its attention on drug trafficking and on the management of mafia-confiscated companies. Order of Journalists and UNCI seek protection for journalists
Yet another intimidation against PinoManiàci of Telejato. And this one was especially cruel. His two dogs, Billy and Cherie, a Belgian shepherd and a setter, were found hanged to a fence near the broadcaster, in Partinico (in the province of Palermo). “There are no words to describe the wickedness of people – the TV broadcaster released in a statement – but we are not stopping.” (continue reading)

Cosenza. Letter with bullets sent to Vincenzo Brunelli
The envelope contained seven bullets addressed to the reporter of Il Garantista. Solidarity from FNSI: “No gag can stop real journalism” Vincenzo Brunelli, journalist responsible for crime news at the newspaper Il Garantista, received in the mailbox of his home in Cosenza an envelope with seven bullets. It was himself who noticed it, and immediately proceeded to file a complaint to the authorities denouncing what happened. (continue reading)

Palermo. Two journalists assaulted in church during the funeral of new-born
It happened at the cemetery of the scrolls. Slaps, shoves and threats against a photographer and a reporter. The camera was damaged. Solidarity from the UNCI
A photographer has been slapped and was threatened (“we’ll come and take you”), another reporter was jostled and his camera was damaged. It happened on Thursday, November 27 in Palermo in the church of the cemetery of St. Mary of the scrolls (S. Maria deiRotoli), before the mass for the funeral of a baby girl abandoned by her mother in a dumpster. (continue reading)

Albano. Aggression and scuffle in the city council
Insults and jostles against reporter from Il Caffé. The brother of a councillor, then the sister-in-law of the same councillor attack him.Three days of prognosis and camera on the ground
Assaulted twice by the relatives of a majority councillor of the City Council of Albano Laziale (in the province of Rome), while the Council was discussing the regulations that would have governed the presence of mobile phone transmitters and receivers in the municipal area. Daniele Castri, correspondent of the fortnightly local magazine Il Caffé, was repeatedly hit, insulted and jostled during the turbulent sessions of 19th and 20th November. (continue reading)

Journalist insulted on the web. Condemnation by the union, Order of Journalists, Editorial Board
Silvia Fabbi (of the Corrieredell’Alto Adige) had written of converts to Islam. The author of the post apologizes publicly and removes it
(ANSA) – BOLZANO, DECEMBER 3rd – The Union of Journalists and the Order of Journalists of Trentino Alto Adige express, together with the editorial board of the newspapers Corrieredell’Alto Adige and Corriere del Trentino, full solidarity with the colleague Silvia Fabbi of the Corrieredell’Alto Adige who “became the victim of a grave insult and an act of intimidation on the web.” (continue reading)

Report. Lawsuit following episode on MPS, but Gabanelli confirms
The former director of the Vatican bank IOR denies relations with the management of the Tuscan bank and files lawsuit for the report aired on November 23rd
Yet more lawsuits against Report. This time for the investigation by Paolo Mondani on November 23rd, devoted to the crisis of the Monte deiPaschi di Siena. The former director of the Vatican bank IOR, Paolo Cipriani, has launched a legal action denouncing the author of the episode and the TV show by Milena Gabanelli for defamation. (continue reading)

Livorno, unwelcome cartoon: city junta files lawsuit against Il Tirreno and La Nazione
The picture published in the letters page of the two Tuscan newspapers showed the refunds to the M5S city councillors
The City Council of Livorno has sued the editors of the local newspapers Il Tirreno, Mr Omar Monestier, and La Nazione, Mr Marcello Mancini, as well as the entire steering committee of the association Livorno Democratica, for having published a cartoon on the reimbursements to councillors. (continue reading)

Lawsuits against L’Espresso for inquiry on water
Three proceedings against Di Feo and Pappaianni for the article on the US Navy report on the health of the waters in Campania
Two civil and one criminal prosecutions are underway in Naples against two journalists of L’Espresso, Gianluca Di Feo and Claudio Pappaianni. They are accused of libel for the inquiry “Drink Naples then die” (bevi Napoli poi muori), which concerned the delicate issue of the quality of drinking water, an issue on which the same anti-mafia directorate is investigating. (continue reading)

Caserta. Indictment for Marilena Natale
The journalist wrote that a former regional councillor was under investigation for vote trading and was a relative of the Camorra. The hearing will take place in March of next year
The Court of Salerno decided to adjourn the trial for MarilenaNatale, crime and judicial reporter for the Gazzetta di Caserta. The former regional councillor of Campania Nicola Ferraro had sued the journalist for defamation on August 10th, 2011. (continue reading)

Lawsuit against Molise 24 has been archived
The online newspaper wrote of irregularities and anomalies in the purifier of the industrial area of Pozzili (in the province of Isernia) in an article of April 23, 2013. (continue reading)

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