What is going on in Italy – Safety Net Ossigeno –5th-11th January 2015
The 45th 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 5th-11thJanuary 2015
What happened in Italy: threatened journalists and obscured news
2015 opened with a tragic event, of which everyone has been talking about: the terrorist massacre in the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. But also with the death of a journalist in Yemen and the abduction of another in Mexico. In the meantime in Italy the usual routine of intimidation and threats against journalists has already begun, and which Ossigeno will never tire of telling. Also, talks resumed about the reform of libel law, with an appeal to Members of Parliament inviting them not to approve the amendments introduced by the Senate.
IN ITALY – In the night between January 3rd and 4th unidentified persons damaged the car body of journalist ConsolatoMinniti, senior editor of the newspaper Il Garantista. It was parked in front of his house, in Reggio Calabria. In the last period the journalist had written articles on various operations by the judicial police that took place in the region.
IN PARIS – 12 are the people who died in the Islamic terrorist attack to the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7th. Killed, among others, the chief editor, Stephan Charbonnier, and three well-known cartoonists. The following day, Ossigeno, together with the National Order of Journalists, the National Federation of the Press and other associations, has promoted a torchlight procession of solidarity in defence of freedom of expression and information.
REACTIONS – Around the world there have been reactions to this event: the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, DunjaMijatović, stated that freedom of expression is an essential condition for tolerance and non-discrimination, and recalled the responsibility of governments and newspapers stating that the condemnation is not enough: we need to honour the memory of the victims by improving the safety of journalists and ensuring that freedom will prevail.
MUIŽNIEKS’S APPEAL – A few days before the attack, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, had launched an appeal on the newspaper New Europe to combat the deterioration of press freedom in Europe. For Muižnieks there has been a steady erosion of press freedom through episodes of violence, repressive legislation, the concentration of ownership and the weakening of the public broadcasting sector.
AROUND THE REST OF THE WORLD – Khalid Mohammed al Washali, journalist for Al-Masirah TV, died on January 4th in Dhamar (Yemen) along with five other people while filming the attempt to defuse a bomb found on a street. Two days before, in Medellin De Bravo, in the state of Veracruz (Mexico), an armed group broke into the home of Jose Sanchez MoisesCerezo, photojournalist and social activist, seizing him and loading him forcefully on to a car. The searches so far have had no effect.
BILL ON DEFAMATION – In Italy we are on the eve of the examination to the House of the bill on defamation: Ossigeno per L’Informazione asks Parliament to approve an authentic, courageous and democratic reform of the offenses of insult and libel, including that through the press, moving along the tracks traced a long time ago by European and international bodies (Council of Europe, UN, OSCE, ECHR). Several organizations in the world of journalism, along with personalities and constitutionalists, are inviting MPs through a petition not to approve the text launched last October by the Senate, but to make the necessary amendments also highlighted by the European institutions.
LAWSUIT – The cyclist Paolo Tiralongo sued for defamation the newspaper La Repubblica and the journalists Giuliano Foschini and Marco Mensura, authors of the article “One more bag and you’d have won” published on December 7th, as it relates to the alleged involvement of the cyclist in an investigation on illegal blood transfusion practices in the sport.
DEFAMATION LAWSUIT – It began on January 8th at the civil court of Busto Arsizio (in the province of Varese) the trial for defamation through the press brought by Mario Mantovani, councillor of the Department of Health and vice president of the Lombardy Region, against the journalist ErsilioMattioni, former editor of the weekly LiberaStampaAltomilanese, and Paolo Puricelli, collaborator of the newspaper. 69 articles, of which the politician had never asked for a correction or expressed a denial, stand at the heart of the lawsuit.
SATIRE UNDER THREAT – The cartoonist Giorgio Forattini, in an interview with the online newspaper Affaritaliani.it, complained of having received many complaints in the course of his career from several politicians, stating that satire in Italy is under threat precisely because of the tool of complaint. Even Mario Cardinali, founder of the satirical monthly Il Vernacoliere, explained in an interview with Panorama that Italian cartoonists have a hard time because of lawsuits and intimidation, of which his newspaper received countless.
HINDERING PHOTOJOURNALISTS – The Naples union of visual information journalists SIGEF announced on January 7th, at the funeral of singer Pino Daniele in Piazza del Plebiscito, that the security service hindered photojournalists and videographers with threats and blows on video and photo cameras.
Reggio Calabria. Damaged the car of a journalist of Il Garantista
ConsolatoMinniti had parked it under his house. He found the car body cut with shears. Parisi (FNSI): “Yet another cowardly act”
A cut in the frontal part of the bodywork, probably practiced with a shear. This is the damage caused intentionally by unknown persons to the car of journalist ConsolatoMinniti, senior editor of the Reggio Calabria offices of the newspaper Il Garantista, on the night between January 3rd and 4th, with the clear intent of intimidation. Continue reading
Torchlight march of solidarity in Rome for the victims of Charlie Hebdo
Thursday, January 8th at 18 p.m. o’clock, in Piazza Farnese in Rome. Promoted by FNSI, ODG, Ossigeno and other associations
A candlelight vigil of solidarity for the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris in the offices of Charlie Hebdo and for the defence of freedom of expression and information in France, in Europe and everywhere in the world. Continue reading
Charlie Hebdo. DunjaMijatović (OSCE): words are not enough against the attack in Paris
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media indicates the freedom of expression as a condition of tolerance and non-discrimination and recalls the responsibility of governments and newspapers
byDunja Mijatović – The world mourns the terrible terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were killed and several others wounded. Continue reading
Nils Muižnieks: Let’s stop the deterioration of press freedom
The appeal of the Commissioner for Human Rights published in the newspaper New Europe
by Nils Muižnieks – Belgium | Brussels: On December 4th, 2014, at 23:37, an email reached my office coming from prominent Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. Continue reading
Mexico. The year begins with the kidnapping of a photojournalist
Jose Sanchez MoisesCerezo, photojournalist and social activist, was taken by armed men in his home in Medellin de Bravo in the state of Veracruz
Cynthia Rodriguez, Ossigeno‘s correspondent from Mexico, reported that on the evening of January 2nd, in Medellin de Bravo in the state of Veracruz, an armed group broke into the home of Jose Sanchez MoisesCerezo, photojournalist and social activist, and seized him by loading him with the use of force on one of the three cars of the commando. Continue reading
Yemen. Journalist killed in terrorist attack
Khalid Mohammed al Washali, from Al-Masirah TV, died on January 4th in Dhamar, together with five other people
Al Washali is the first journalist killed in 2015. As reported by RaiNews, the reporter was part of the Shiite Houthi movement in the city in the south of the country, and was filming the attempt to defuse a bomb found in a road near the local headquarters of the group. Continue reading
No to defamation. Collecting signatures against the reform before the House
Launched by various organizations, including Ossigeno. The text of the appeal. The promoters
On the eve of the resmumption of talks, in the Lower House, on the examination of the draft law on libel, various organizations of the journalistic world, along with renowned journalists, personalities and constitutionalists, are asking through a petition to Members of Parliament not to approve the text passed in October by the Senate, but instead to apply all the necessary changes also listed by the European institutions. Continue reading
Defamation bill. No to fake reforms and new prohibitions and gags
Without the necessary changes, it will be better to kill this text too. The Government cannot stand by and watch
Ossigeno per l’Informazione is asking Parliament to approve an authentic, courageous and democratic reform of the crimes of insult and defamation, including through the press, moving along the tracks traced a long time ago by European and international bodies: the Council of Europe, the UN, the OSCE and the ECHR. Continue reading
Defamation. Cyclist suspected of doping files lawsuit against two journalists of La Repubblica
Paolo Tiralongo denounced Giuliano Foschini and Marco Mensura for an article about the investigation by the NAS unit of the Carabinieri
The cyclist Paolo Tiralongo sued for defamation the newspaper La Repubblica and the journalists Giuliano Foschini and Marco Mensura, authors of the article “One more bag and you’d have won”, published on December 7th, as it relates to the alleged involvement of the cyclist in an investigation on illegal blood transfusion practices in the sport. Continue reading
Defamation. Altomilanese to pay 325’000 euro.The trial begins
A Councillor of the Lombardy region wants them from a local weekly from Magenta because of 69 articles, for which no corrections had been requested nor any denials given
The trial for libel brought by Mario Mantovani, councillor of the Department of Health and vice president of the Lombardy Region, against the journalist ErsilioMattioni, former editor of the weekly LiberaStampaAltomilanese, and Paolo Puricelli, 24 years old university student, collaborator of the newspaper began on January 8th at the civil court of Busto Arsizio (in the province of Varese) and has been adjourned to February 11th. Continue reading
Forattini and Cardinali: satire in Italy is threatened by lawsuits
The well-known cartoonist and the editor of Il Vernacoliere explained how many complaints and threats have been received
Satire “in recent decades has been demolished by lawsuits, often brought forward by politicians, to which the judges have listened to. Although I personally have received many complaints, and always from one side, and it has been something that troubled me my entire life.” Continue reading
Photojournalist, hampered by security service at Pino Daniele’s funerals
The Naples union of journalists of visual information SIGEF announced that on January 7th during the public funerals of Pino Daniele in Piazza del Plebiscito, the security service order has hindered photojournalists and videographers with threats and blows on photo and video cameras. Continue reading
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