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Defamation. After six years since complaint, journalist acquitted

Antonello Caporale was sued by the administrations of Reggio Calabria and Messina for having called “sewers” the two cities. In Sicily, the process had been filed

After more than six years after the opening of the proceedings, the journalist of Il Fatto Quotidiano, Antonello Caporale, was acquitted by the Court of Reggio Calabria from the charge of defamation for having called “sewers”, during the television program Exit aired on La7, the cities of Messina and Reggio Calabria. Caporale was sued in May 2009 by the local administrations of Reggio that, at the time, was led by Giuseppe Scopelliti.

The case was reported in an article in the Corriere della Calabria, on 15 February 2016, by the journalist Alessia Càndito.

“An epilogue – Càndito wrote – which came after more than six years of slow judicial process – that the prosecutor could have even end it with a sentence to nine months – if including promises of remission of the lawsuit and subsequent second thoughts”.

Caporale, also in 2009, had been sued for the same story also by the then mayor of Messina, Giuseppe Buzzanca, but the magistrate of the Court of Messina had immediately arranged the archiving.

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