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Bad News | Thursday July 7

Fourteen intimidations against journalists this week in Italy

Fourteen. So many where in Italy within the week 1 – 7 July  2016 the victims of violations of freedom of expression through threats and abuses of Law and judicial proceeding which names Ossigeno added to the Public table of the names of victims that includs journalists, bloggers and operators intimidated.
Since January 1, 2016 Ossigeno has uncovered 138 threats in Italy with 235 journalists involved which names have been includes in the Table.

Tivoli. They win the trial and donate the money to Ossigeno
After five years the journalists Francesco Curreri and Pierluigi Grimaldi won against the president of the Palestrina Football club who had threatened them at the stadium

Boomerang trial in Verona for mayor who filed lawsuit against journalist
Flavio Tosi was in bad faith. Now he has to answer for slander and libel. Against Sigfrido Ranucci of the TV show Report used statements obtained with fraud

Latina. Too many unfounded complaints. Court of auditors certifies damage to revenue service
Over twenty against journalists between 2007 and 2011. All of the Provincial Administration. The Carabinieri seized sixteen files after the complaint filed by the Roman press association

The fever grows, the silence is great but Fnsi and Order are on the move
The latest bells of alarm. The commitment of the Secretary for Justice, Gennaro Migliore. The civil claims. The meetings with the prefects of Milan and Naples

Threats in Italy

Sesto Forentino. Former mayor prevents reporter from following ballots
The journalist Antonio Passanese was pushed and verbally assaulted. Staff committee of Corriere Fiorentino, Assostampa and the Group of Tuscan Reporters intervened

Defamation and Lawsuit and legal action

Prison for defamation. In Rovigo public prosecutor asks for 6 months for Sallusti
In the court of Rovigo, on June 22, 2016, the public prosecutor David Nalin has asked for six months imprisonment for the journalist Alessandro Sallusti, chief editor of the newspaper Il Giornale, sued for defamation by the entrepreneur Mauro Velocci

L’Unità aquitted, berlusconi must pay the costs
He had asked for 1.8 million euro; he will have to refund 17,000 euro. In 2009 he sued Concita De Gregorio for a satirical commentary on the women appointed Minister

Wiretaps. Giacalone acquitted of arbitrary publication of acts
He had written on Alqamah.it of a story that concerned the former senator Nino Papania. The politician had also sued him for libel

Mesagne. Councillor files lawsuit against journalist, mayor protests
To spark the controversy two articles by Tranquillino Cavallo of the Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia related to regional funding for urban laboratories

Acerra. Exchange vote? Mayor files lawsuit against reporter
Antonio Crispino, collaborator in Naples of the Corriere.it, has been notified of the lawsuit. The mayor denies having any links to Camorra clans

Pit9. Lawsuit former mayor of Casarano against Danilo Lupo to the archives
The journalist was reported three years ago also by the coordinator of a public investment plan that had spent 62 million euro in a questionable way

Other News

Supreme court: right to be forgotten just two years after the fact
A ruling filed on June 24, 2016 authorized the removal after 24 months of a news story from the Abruzzo web newspaper Primadanoi.it on true facts and reported correctly

New FOIA Act in USA. OSCE welcome legislation that improve transparency
U.S. President Barack Obama signed law S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2016

In Calabria the first walk of threatened mayors
On June 24 hundreds walked in Polistena (Reggio Calabria) and then in Gioiosa Jonica. In 2016, there have been 180 mayors “under fire”: the same number of acts of intimidation against journalists

Two turkish journalists awarded from Leipzig Media Foundation
Sparkasse Media Foundation awards 2016 Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media to Turkish journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Osce reminds Veronica Guerin killed in Ireland
Ahead of 20th anniversary of killing , OSCE Representative recalls of investigative journalism’s importance for democracy

Report

Italy. May 2016. The most dangerous news gathered by Ossigeno
This monthly review of acts of intimidation in Italy is produced by Ossigeno per l’Informazione for the European Center for Press and Media Freedom of Leipzig (ECPMF), with the support of the European Union

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