Calabria. Gangemi leaves house arrest. Assigned to social services
The journalist, 81 years old, has accumulated prison sentences for libel for nearly three years. Carlo Parisi calls for mercy
Reggio Calabria, 30 December 2015 – The Probate Court of Reggio Calabria, chaired by Vincenzo Pedone, ordered the revocation of the house arrest for the journalist Francesco Gangemi, 81 years old, arrested in early December to serve a heap of sentences to imprisonment for 2 years 11 months and 16 days. This was announced by the Deputy Secretary-General of the FNSI, Carlo Parisi. Gangemi has been entrusted to the social services. He had already been placed under house arrest, for the first time, in 2013, and the case had elicited strong objections. On December 29, during the year-end press conference, the president of the Order of Journalists, Enzo Iacopino, had submitted the case to the attention of the President of the Council of Ministers, Matteo Renzi.
“While allowing a sigh of relief – Carlo Parisi commented – we renew the appeal to Parliament to urgently reform the law on libel and ask again to the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, to evaluate a measure of mercy, considering the age and health of the journalist, guilty of libel and of not having revealed the fiduciary sources of true information.”
Carlo Parisi, who is also secretary of the FNSI in Calabria, highlighted that “the journalist Francesco Gangemi, 81 years old, 100 percent disabled and seriously ill, arrested for an accumulation of charges for libel and for not having revealed fiduciary sources of the information, is considered ‘socially dangerous’ and, therefore, ‘in needs of re-education’.”