Mistaken person. District attorney asks trial for two journalists from Report
Sigfrido Ranucci and Luca Chianca were deceived by a case of homonymy. Soon after they made a spontaneous adjustment but were sued nonetheless
The deputy prosecutor of the Court of Benevento, Nicoletta Giammarino, asked for a trial for libel against the journalists Sigfrido Ranucci and Luca Chianca who mistakenly indicated an entrepreneur from Benevento among the defendants in a judicial investigation for illegal export of capitals abroad. The error had been admitted and rectified spontaneously in the following show of the TV program, but the entrepreneur sued nonetheless. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 13, 2015.
“We realized the error – Ranucci told Ossigeno – the day after the broadcast, when some news agencies reported the protests of De Pierro. He said that his reputation, his name had been muddied by Report. We checked in and immediately took his picture off our website, replacing it with that of the real De Pierro. We also tried to talk to him, but he avoided us. So we ourselves, spontaneously, applied the correction, both during the TV show and on the web. As we explained through the correction, we had the photos from an online newspaper where they had been for a month without anyone protesting”.