Xylella emergency. Three journalists threatened in Salento
They wrote news articles on the drying of the olive trees. Singled out becuase of their pictures and offensive statements on social networks. Solidarity and protests
“The people of the Olive trees”, the movement that challenges the scientific basis and the effectiveness of the strategy adopted to contain the spread in the Salento region of Xylella fastidiosa (the bacteria that might be causing the drying up of the olive trees, but whose role in the phenomenon is not yet scientifically proven) asked, with a poster released via internet, to a boycott of the newspapers Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia, local paper of the Salento, and La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.
The boycott, to be implemented on Sunday, January 24, 2016, sparked protests and reactions and declarations of solidarity against newspapers and journalists who work for them.
Solidarity went in particular to the editors of the two newspapers who, for publishing news articles on the Xylella emergency, have been receiving threats via Facebook for months by people who refer to the movement against the uprooting of trees.
On Thursday, January 21, 2016 the threatened journalists have broken the silence making the threats known. Among the threatened: Tonio Tondo, Marco Mangano, Maria Claudia Minerva. The women journalists have suffered, among other things, also sexist insults.