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What is going on in Italy – Safety Net Ossigeno –12th-18th January 2015

The 46th of 48 weekly reports created with the support of the European Union and disseminated in eleven countries to promote a common awareness

In Italy the protests continue from the world of information against the new draft law on defamation being considered by the House, which proposes replacing the prison with high fines not explicitly dependent on income and assets of the condemned. The problem, long a battle for Ossigeno, is serious and always present: last week the observatory spoke of two large claims, which are likely to cripple the activities of the reporters involved.

In Vicenza the entrepreneur Renzo Rosso, founder of the clothing brand Diesel, asked a million euro in damages to the journalist Alessandro Ambrosini for two articles published in 2014 on the news website of Notte Criminale: in the first it said that Rosso knew for a long time a former affiliate of the Masonic lodge P2; in another, published in September, it gives an account of an alleged attempted extortion by the entrepreneur.

In Porto Recanati the building company Coneroblu has claimed a compensation for 465 thousand euro to Alessandro Trevisani, freelance journalist and contributor to the newspaper online CroncheMaceratesi, for an article and other comments that would have damaged the reputation of the Administrator of the company, Lydia Karmalyuk, and the plans to build a five-star resort on the Burchio Hill.

THREATS – In Genoa anonymous leaflets were posted with a photograph of the reporter Riccardo Porcù, collaborator of the daily IlSecoloXIX: it happened on January 13th in front of the entrance to the Matitone palace in Genoa. The journalist had written of the inefficiency of civil servants.

In Milan on January 16 journalists of the offices of the weekly Tempi, which recently defended the idea of the “traditional family”, found dung on the front door and the inscription on the outside wall of the building: “Tempi:homophobic and sexist shits!”.

AGGRESSION – The journalist Reno Giannantonio was attacked at the end of the football match Benevento-Cosenza on December 23. A hooligan of the home team insulted him because he had criticized the sports club.

CHARLIE HEBDO – Even in Italy the attention is still on the attack on the French magazine and on the issue of freedom of information: Roberto Saviano has asked the European Parliament to organize, a month after the massacre, a European Council dedicated to all those who pay and have paid with their own skin the price of a free expression. Also the journalist Sergio Zavoli on Ossigeno’s website has spoken on the same subject by announcing that the priority must remain information.

PROCESS – The first hearing against the journalists, authors of the book Metastasi, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Claudio Antonelli, was held on 12 January. The lawsuit was filed by Italo Bruseghini, former leader of the Democratic Party in the provincial council of Lecco and former mayor of Olginate (Lecco province).

RETRACTED LAWSUIT – The Senator Francesco Nitto Palma, President of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Minister of Justice, has decided to withdraw, in return for a payment of 8 thousand euro, the libel suit against Andrea Signorelli, external collaborator of Blogo.it.

EXONERATIONS AND ARCHIVIATION – Giovanni Luigi Piccinin, collaborator of the newspaper Il Gazzettino, who was sued for aggravated defamation in 2008 by the then mayor of Azzano Decimo (Pordenone province) Enzo Bortolotti, was acquitted by the Court of Pordenone, which filed the lawsuit against him because he had reported a real news.

The judge for the preliminary investigation of the Court of Catania Fabio Di Giacomo Barbagallo has filed the lawsuit of the mayor Enzo Bianco against a user of Wikipedia who had touched up the biography of the first citizen.

Also in Padua the lawsuit that the colonel of the Guardia di Finanza Bruno Biagi had filed against the journalist Sigfrido Ranucci of Report, author of an investigation broadcast on April 7, 2014 on some personal relationships entertained by the mayor of Verona Flavio Tosi, was sent to the archives.

Defamation bill. The point on the reform while the House passes amendments
The limits of the text under discussion. Expectations. The campaign contrary to a law that sets new limits
It resumes these days, at the second reading in the House, the troubled procedure of the proposed law on libel, started in 2013, after the sensational case of the arrest of the journalist Alessandro Sallusti and the strong appeal addressed to parliament by President Giorgio Napolitano to abolish the prison sentence, replace it with proportionate economic sanctions and align the Italian legislation to the European jurisprudence. Continue reading

Vicenza. Defamation. Patron of Diesel asks for one million euro
Renzo Rosso believes to have been defamed by two articles by Alessandro Ambrosini on the web news “Notte Criminale”. Unknowns threatened the reporter
The entrepreneur Renzo Rosso, founder of the clothing brand Diesel, asked for one million euro in damages to the journalist Alessandro Ambrosini for two articles published in 2014 on the news website of Notte Criminale.Continue reading

Porto Recanati (Macerata province). Building society asks 465 thousand euro in damages to journalist
Alessandro Trevisani is a freelance. He was followed for over a year a grand tourist project of the company Coneroblu, raising questions. He declined a request for mediation
The building company Coneroblu demanded compensation of 465 thousand euro to Alessandro Trevisani, 42, a freelance journalist and contributor to the online newspaper Cronache Maceratesi, for an article and other actions that would have damaged the reputation of the Administrator of the company, Lydia Karmalyuk, American citizen of Ukrainian origin, and the plans to build a five-star resort on the Burchio Hill, in Montarice di Porto Recanati (Macerata province). Continue reading

Genoa. Flyers against reporter Il Secolo XIX
Riccardo Porcù had reported on the inefficiency of civil servants. Solidarity of the daily, which complaints: “unpleasant gesture because of anonymous author”
Some anonymous leaflets with a photograph of the reporter Riccardo Porcù, collaborator of the daily Il Secolo XIX, were posted on January 13 on the walls at the entrance of the Matitone palace in Genoa. Continue reading

Milan: vandals against the headquarters of the weekly Tempi
Dung in front of the entrance and a sign on the wall of the building, on the eve of a conference on the family
On the morning of January 16, the journalists at the offices of the weekly Tempi in Milan found dung on the front door and the inscription on the outside wall of the building: “Tempi: homophobic and sexist shits!” Continue reading

Benevento. “Do you speak badly of my team.” Hooligan attacks TV commentator
It happened after the football game. Reno Giannantonio, who suffered a broken arm, claims the right to criticize. Silence of sports managers
At the end of the football match Benevento-Cosenza, on 23 December 2014, a hooligan of the home team attacked the journalist Reno Giannantonio, insulting him because he criticized the sports club. Giannantonio, who suffered a broken arm, claims the right to criticize.Continue reading

Charlie Hebdo. Saviano: to convene a European Council on Freedom of Expression
“Do you know how many journalists were victims of murder last year? And how many imprisoned? And how many tortured?”: The writer on freedom of expression
by Roberto Saviano – (…) It is not an assault on the roles or the institutions but at the last terrain that still makes the West a different place: the freedom of expression. But soon the silence will return if we do not act.Continue reading

Charlie Hebdo. Sergio Zavoli: “Primum informare”
Ensure legality based on knowledge of the rights together with that of the crimes, respect moral and ethics
by Sergio Zavoli – I am a journalist who thinks like Luigi Einaudi when, at the dawn of our republican democracy, in his «Heri dicebamus» – to reconnect to a distant, dramatic interruption of the past – writes: “Primum, informare”, i.e. exercise carefulness to everything that happens without indulging in appealing representations, but for a need to know and learn, that is to know and understand.Continue reading

Defamation. To begin, the trial against the authors of Metastasi
First hearing for Gianluigi Nuzzi and Claudio Antonelli, sued by former mayor of Olginate (Lecco province) Italo Bruseghini
It started on Monday, January 12 at the Court of Milan the trial for defamation against Gianluigi Nuzzi and Claudio Antonelli, journalists authors of Metastasi, an investigation book published in 2010 on the infiltration of the ‘Ndrangheta in Northern Italy in the 90s, based largely on revelations of the repentant Giuseppe Di Bella, a former boss of the man Franco Coco Trovato.Continue reading

Defamation. Nitto Palma withdraws lawsuit for 8 thousand euro
Paid by the freelance Andrea Signorelli to avoid prosecution. On going an online crowd funding campaign to collect the sum
A mistake in an article can be very costly to a reporter if the injured person is not satisfied with a correction. Andrea Signorelli, external collaborator of the newspaper Blogo.it, sued for defamation by Senator Francesco Nitto Palma, President of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Minister of Justice, who has agreed to withdraw the lawsuit after the reporter has corrected the article and paid eight thousand euro, knows it well.Continue reading

Specious lawsuit. Reporter acquitted, former mayor to court for slander
In 2008 the mayor of Azzano Decimo (Pordenone province) sued at the expense of the City a collaborator of Il Gazzettino who had written real new
Giovanni Luigi Piccinin, collaborator of the Pordenone edition of the newspaper Il Gazzettino, sued for aggravated defamation in 2008 by the then mayor of Azzano Decimo (Pordenone province), Enzo Bortolotti, was acquitted by the Court of Pordenone, who filed the lawsuit against him because he had reported real news. Continue reading

Catania. Archiviata querela del sindaco Bianco contro utente Wikipedia
He touched up the biography of the first citizen. According to the court, “the principles of the freedom of the press were upheld” and the reliability of the online encyclopaedia verified
The judge for the preliminary investigation of the Court of Catania Fabio Di Giacomo Barbagallo, at the request of the Attorney Alfio G. Fragalà, decided to drop the lawsuit from the mayor Enzo Bianco against the user of Wikipedia Joe Serpe, alias of Giuseppe Torrisi, because the incriminating news is “unfounded”. Continue reading

Report. Filed lawsuit against Sigfrido Ranucci in the Verona case
“Disturbed by the findings”, the journalist who had been denounced by a colonel of the Guardia di Finance for an audio recording resulting manipulated says

The justice of the peace of Padua has filed the lawsuit in recent days that the colonel of the Guardia di Finanza Bruno Biagi had filed against the journalist Sigfrido Ranucci of Report following his investigation “The Arena”, broadcast on April 7, on the relationship entertained by the mayor of Verona Flavio Tosi. Continue reading

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