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 Regional Prosecutor of the Court of Auditors has acquired sixteen files relating to lawsuits for libel promoted between 2007 and 2011 by the Province of Latina and the then President of the body, Armando Cusani (currently mayor of Sperlonga, elected for the third term) against journalists: over twenty lawsuits mainly sent to the archives by the judge. The documents were obtained by the police at the offices of the Province, following a complaint lodged in 2014 by the Roman press association to demand the verification of damage occurred to the revenue service caused by the considerable expenses incurred for legal action proved unfounded, for which the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Latina successfully applied for archiving.
The Roman Press Association Secretary, Lazzaro Pappagallo, and the coordinator of the macro-area Articolo 21 of the regional union, Graziella Di Mambro, stressed that this public tax investigation is unprecedented. These complaints – they added – were “aimed at blocking the publication of information considered uncomfortable by the Public Administration. Almost all of the complaints were successful for the denounced reporters, demonstrating that the content of the articles was true and in the public interest. Against these verdicts, the province had appealed to the Supreme Court, and as such with an additional burden of costs to society, given that the public body relied on outside attorneys. It is now expected an initial assessment by the Prosecutor about the possible loss of revenue with relative quantification.”