Mayor of Naples lawsuit to the archives. It claimed one billion euro from L’Espresso
Luigi De Magistris had sued the journalists Claudio Pappaianni and Gianluca di Feo for the investigation into the health of waters, realized with the data from the US Navy
On January 13, 2016, the magistrate of the Court of Velletri sent to the archives the defamation lawsuit filed against the L’Espresso in 2013 by the mayor of Naples, Luigi De Magistris, for publication of the investigation “Bevi Napoli e poi muori” (“Drink Naples and then die”), on pollution in the Campania region. For the judge, the core of the narrated facts is true.
The article, written by Claudio Pappaianni and Gianluca di Feo, published on November 15, 2013, reported data from a major study conducted by the US (military) Navy between 2009 and 2011 on the pollution of air, water and land in a large area (one thousand square kilometers) between the provinces of Naples and Caserta.
Ossigeno had reported the story in 2013, when the mayor, the same day of the article’s publication, announced in the city council that he would have asked the newspaper for €1 billion of damages.