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What is going on in Italy – Safety Net Ossigeno –19th-25thJanuary 2015

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Safety Net Ossigeno – Weekly Report 19th-25thJanuary 2015
What happened in Italy: threatened journalists and obscured news

Ossigeno is often obliged to go back and talk about journalists that had already been targeted in the past: it happens when they insist on telling facts that many would prefer remained silent. This is the case of Luigi Centore, journalist of the province of Rome, who, on January 21, for the third time in a year and a half, has suffered the same kind of intimidation: the burning of his car. However, he persists in dealing with issues, such as the issuing of permits in the commercial district of Salzare near Ardea, that are very important for the territory, but that bother many people. The vice president of the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Committee, Claudio Fava, has publicly expressed concern for the story, announcing his commitment.

AGGRESSION – The operator Lorenzo Cecutti of the TGR of Friuli Venezia Giulia was assaulted by the owner of a dog farm in TorsaPocenia, in the province of Udine, on January 20. The man grabbed his throat – damaging his vocal cords -, pushed him to the ground and kicked him and punched him.

In Casagiove, in the province of Caserta, unknown persons damaged the car of Enzo Santoro, editor of the online magazine ViviCasagiove. The journalist on January 19 had found the word “Beware” on the right side of his Toyota Yaris, parked in the street where the newsroom offices are.

A dog breeder has threatened the envoy of Striscia la NotiziaEdoardoStoppa and kicked one of the operators until he broke his video camera. The incident took place in San Giovanni Vesuviano, a town in the province of Naples, where the troupe was shooting a report on animal fights.

DEFAMATION – The Council of Europe has made a new appeal to Italy asking to continue the process of modification of the libel reform, decriminalizing the crime and introducing measures that ensure compliance with the standards set by the organization. In relation to the bill being considered by the House, the National Council of Journalists on January 22 expressed strong concern about what is maturing in the parliamentary debate. Apart from the abolition of the prison sentence, various modifications, if confirmed, would be pejorative, further putting at risk the right of citizens to have a correct and complete information, and that of journalists to inform.

CROWDFUNDING – The journalist PinoCavuoti from, Vasto (in the province of Chieti), was convicted of defamation to pay 12 thousand euros: he confessed to not having the money and has launched a crowd funding. The sentence to pay was issued on May 2014 by the Court ofCivil Appeal of Rome for an article published in January 2006 on the newspaper Nuovo Molise.

The mayor of Messina, Renato Accorinti, during a press conference in Palazzo Zanca, on January 8th, has publicly accused journalists and social networks of having “created a climate of prejudice, insults and conflicts” which prompted a newly appointed commissioner, Elio Conti Nibali, to resign. Two days later, however, the mayor has toned down criticism.

TRIALS – Eight journalists – including the editors of Il FattoQuotidiano, Antonio Padellaro, and of ServizioPubblico, Michele Santoro – were indicted in Rome for defamation against some officers of the Carabinieri in service in Palermo between 2001 and 2006. They had produced news reports that spoke of alleged actions taken to prevent the capture of criminals, including the mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano and Matteo Messina Denaro.

Marina Morpurgo, former correspondent for L’Unità, will have to face a criminal trial for libel for criticizing on Facebook an advertising campaign by a professional school of Foggia.

The City of Cefalù sued in November the dailies La Repubblica and CefaluWeb for two articles, which made a reference to a prefectural note regarding possible mafia infiltration through a company interested in a public tender, managed by the city council.

PROCEEDINGS CLOSED – The civil judge of Rome Donatella Galterio dismissed the appeal of the company Aurelia 80 who had requested 10 million euros for damages following the publication of articles with which La Repubblica in 2009 signalled deficiencies in sanitation and hygiene standards and overall structural shortcomings at the Private Health Care facility Aurelia Hospital in Rome.

The Court of Rome dismissed the libel suit brought by the CGIL against the TG1 and the journalist Luigi Monfredi with whom he had asked seventy-five thousand euros in damages.

After 14 years the Supreme Court has definitively rejected the request for 10 million euros of damages presented by Silvio Berlusconi for an interview by Daniel Luttazzi to Marco Travaglio, aired on RAI 2 in 2001: on that occasion the comedian and the journalist had discussed the origin of the economic resources of the former Prime Minister.

The journalists Mauro Giubellini and Santo Zaccaria of Il Canavese were acquitted from defamation charges brought forward by the municipality of Prascorsano (in the province of Turin), who had cited them for three articles published in 2011. The journalists were sentenced by the Court of First Instance of Ivrea to pay fifty thousand euros in damages plus legal fees.

The investigating judge of the Court of Palermo filed the defamation lawsuit brought forward in 2012 by the actress StefaniaMulè against the blogger Pierpaolo Farina. For the investigating judge, the reported facts were not objectively true and the limit of continence had not been exceeded.

Ardea (Rome). In flames the car of Luigi Centore. It is not the first time
The flames around 2:30 at night between 20 and 21 January. The journalist: “By now I live in fear and terror”
The car of the journalist Luigi Centore was burned down last night. The Fiat Panda was parked under his house in Ardea, a municipality thirty kilometres from Rome. Continue reading

Centore: “I run risks, but I will continue to tell what happens”
The journalist, victim of yet another arson attack, doesn’t hesitate in denouncing the lawlessness in the territory. The concern of Claudio Fava: action is needed
“These are the risks of the job, and as long as they take revenge out on cars, it’s too bad”. There is a lot of bitterness in the words of the journalist Luigi Centore, who commented on the arson attack against his car parked outside his home on the night between 20 and 21 January in Ardea, in the province of Rome. Continue reading

Torsa di Pocenia (Udine). RAI cameraman assaulted
The vocal cords of Lorenzo Cecutti damaged, after being beaten by the owner of a dog house. Solidarity from newsroom and Assostampa
A troupe of the TGR Friuli Venezia Giulia was attacked by the owner of a dog house, who launched himself against the operator Lorenzo Cecutti, squeezing his throat and causing him a vocal cord injury, then pushed him to the ground and finally kicked him and punched him. Continue reading

Campania. Damaged the car of Vivicasagiove editor
Enzo Santoro found the writing “Beware” on the right side of his Toyota Yaris
Unknown assailants in Casagiove, in the province of Caserta, damaged the car of Enzo Santoro, editor of the online magazine ViviCasagiove. The journalist had found on 19 January the word “careful” on the right side of his Toyota Yaris, parked in the street where the newsroom offices are located.Continue reading

Striscia La Notizia.Edoardo Stoppa threatened in Naples
They were carrying out a report on dog fights. A cameraman assaulted. The envoy filed a complaint for threats. Intimidating texts to his wife and daughter
“I gotta smash that guy’s head”. This is the threat launched by a dog breeder to the envoy of Striscia la NotiziaEdoardoStoppa. Even one of the two video operators was kicked until the video camera got smashed. Continue reading

Defamation. Renewed appeal from Council of Europe to Italy
The organization still asks for the decriminalization of the offense and the respect of European standards. Coming, a report on the protection of press freedom
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has asked Italy to continue the process of changing the libel law decriminalizing the crime and introducing measures to meet the standards set by the organization. Continue reading

Defamation bill. The Order of Journalists: Parliament is making things worse
Alarm from the National Council on the text before the House while the deadline for submitting amendments to the Justice Committee is approaching
The National Council of the Order of Journalists, meeting in Rome on 22 January 2015, is very concerned about what is maturing in the parliamentary debate in relation to the changes to the law on libel. Continue reading

“I haven’t got the money.” Sentenced journalist launches a crowdfunding campaign
PinoCavuoti has to pay 12 thousand euro. “My newspaper is gone and I have no money.” It is not the only case
Sentenced to pay twelve thousand euro following a conviction for libel, the journalist PinoCavuoti from the Abruzzi town of Vasto (in the province of Chieti) has put aside pride, confessed to not having the money and has launched a crowdfunding campaign. Continue reading

Messina. Mayor accuses journalists but then backtracks
Wave of protests following the press release in which the reasons for the resignation of a councilor were attributed to reporters. “He sees us as enemies,” says a trade unionist
The mayor of Messina, Renato Accorinti, during a press conference at Palazzo Zanca on January 8, has publicly accused journalists and social networks of having “created a climate of prejudice, insults and conflicts” which prompted a newly appointed councillor, Elio Conti Nibali, to resign.Continue reading

News hampered on Provenzano capture, eight journalists to trial
Among the indicted by the preliminary judge of Rome, Michele Santoro and Antonio Padellaro, two policemen and a lawyer
Two Carabinieri, one lawyer and eight journalists, including the editors of Il FattoQuotidiano, Antonio Padellaro, and ServizioPubblico, Michele Santoro, were indicted by the judge for the preliminary hearing of Rome CinziaParasporo for defamation against some Carabinieri officers in service in Palermo between 2001 and 2006 in relation to statements and news reports which spoke of alleged actions taken to prevent the capture, among others, of Bernardo Provenzano and Matteo Messina Denaro.Continue reading

To trial for Facebook comment against advertising campaign
The journalist Marina Morpurgo has criticized the decision to use the image of a little girl on a poster. In May, the first hearing at the court of Foggia
A criminal trial for libel for a comment on Facebook. That’s what Marina Morpurgo, former reporter for L’Unità, will face for having criticized on the social network the advertising campaign of a vocational school in the city.Continue reading

Cefalù. Mafia infiltration in public tenders? The City files lawsuit against who says so
CefaluWeb and La Repubblica reported the contents of a statement from the Prefecture. The mayor does not know the note and says he has to defend the good name of the city
The City of Cefalù sued last November the news outletsLa Repubblica and CefaluWeb for two articles which refers to a note by prefect concerning a company involved in a public tender issued by the township, for possible mafia infiltration.Continue reading

Care House wanted 10 million from La Repubblica. Judge denies it
“Investigative reporting, not defamation,” according to the civil court of Rome
(ANSA) – Rome, January 22, 2015. No defamatory content in the articles with which La Repubblica in 2009 signaled deficiencies in sanitation and hygene standards and overall structural shortcomings at the Private Health Care facility Aurelia Hospital in Rome.Continue reading

CGIL loses the case against the TG1. It asked 75 thousand euro
In 2011 the union had challenged a report by Luigi Monfredi on the protest of some employees
The Court of Rome dismissed the libel suit brought by the CGIL against the TG1 and the journalist Luigi Monfredi. Continue reading

Supreme Court: in 2001 Travaglio did not slander Berlusconi
Rejected permanently after 14 years the demand for ten million euros in damages for the famous interview with Daniele Luttazzi. Other causes are still pending

14 years after the case, the Supreme Court definitely dismissed the claim of ten million euros for damages presented by Silvio Berlusconi for the famous interview by Daniele Luttazzi to Marco Travaglio aired on RAI2 on March 14, 2001 during the TV show “Satyricon”, in which the well-known comedian and the journalist wondered “where Berlusconi got the money from”. Continue reading

Ivrea. Canceled sentence against Giubellini and Zaccaria (Il Canavese)
The journalists Mauro Giubellini and Santo Zaccaria were sentenced in the first instance to pay out of their pockets 50 thousand euros plus expenses to the City of Prascorsano
Acquitted by the Court of Civil Appeal of Turin the journalists Mauro Giubellini and Santo Zaccaria, who were found guilt in the first instance by the Court of Ivrea and sentenced to pay fifty thousand euros in damages plus legal fees to the City of Prascorsano (Torino). Continue reading

Filed lawsuit by Stefania Mulè against blogger Farina
Rejected the accusations of the actress. For the investigating judge the facts reported were not objectively true and the limit of continence has not been exceeded.
The defamation lawsuit filed in 2012 by the actress StefaniaMulè against the twenty-four years old blogger Pierpaolo Farina was filed for archiving by the judge for the preliminary investigation of the Court of Palermo. Continue reading

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