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Defamation. Where did the bill to abolish prison sentencing end up?

It seems appropriate to take note on the situation of the draft law on libel presented in May 2013, of which there has been no news for some time

That bill has not yet been approved, although it was born so as to abolish in a jiffy the penalty of imprisonment, which makes the Italian situation scandalous and forced several times the Presidents of the Republic to grant clemency to the condemned, in order to save the honor of the country from comparisons with other authoritarian regimes.

The bill has been dragging between the two branches of Parliament for quite some time. Meanwhile, the law and the decisions applying the penalty of imprisonment are inexorably following their course: they have been at least 18 journalists sentenced to prison between October 2011 and June 2015, for a total of 30 years in prison, as reported in July 2015 in a dossier by Ossigeno. A most recent reminder came on January 21, 2016, with the judgment of the Court of Trapani that imposed one year in prison to a journalist.

In October of 2014, the bill was amended in the second reading by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate. In the Senate the examination began in June 2015. On September 9, 2015, the Senator Rosanna Filippin carried out the report on the revised text by the House. After that nothing happened and everything fell silent.


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