Web. Blog obscured for 3 years, managers condemned only now
The journalist Antonio Brindisi will have to pay a 1,500 euro fine. ilgorgon.eu was sued for a satirical rhyme and the site was immediately seized and obscured
The court of Livorno sentenced for defamation the journalist Antonio Brindisi, site manager od ilgorgon.eu, to pay a fine of 1,500 euros. The ruling was issued on October 5, 2015. The trial began three years ago from a lawsuit signed by eight citizens living in the Isle of Gorgona (in the province of Livorno) which signaled a satirical rhyme poem speaking of some islanders as defamatory. For the same rhyme, on April 10, 2012, the web site was seized in advance and obscured. After three years it is still closed despite the willingness to remove the rhyme object of the lawsuit.
The prosecutor had requested a sentence of six months imprisonment and a 600 euro fine.
Antonio Brindisi has announced that he will appeal against the sentence, the reasons for which are expected within 30 days. “I will appeal even if it is a small fine, because it is a right that must be defended – Brindisi said. The Constitution protects the freedom of the press and satire that are free when you do not exceed certain limits.” Gorgon.eu‘s manager also advocates the unblocking of the website.