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Castellammare di Stabia. Defamation suit against Genny Manzo archived

The journalist was sued by the mayor Nicola Cuomo. Being accused are some articles published in 2014 on waste collection. The judge for the preliminary investigations: “to criticize is not a crime”

A criminal proceeding for defamation against the journalist and blogger Genny Manzo has been archived. The judge for the preliminary investigations of the Court of Nocera Inferiore Alfonso Scermino has spoken in recent days, saying that “to criticize is not a crime.” Manzo was sued by the mayor of Castellammare di Stabia Nicola Cuomo for some articles, published on his blog Stabia24 between 16 and 23 February 2014, concerning the custody of the waste collection service of the seaside town in the province of Naples.

The judge agreed to the request for dismissal by the public prosecutor and deputy district attorney Francesco Nesso, according to whom Mr Manzo did not slander the mayor: instead, he exercised his right to criticize and report.

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