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Grasso: I share the battles of Ossigeno, Fnsi, Odg and Articolo21

The Senate President reiterates the focus on freedom of expression, for “a decisive stop to the reckless lawsuits” and for the many 

“I’m really happy to be with you as every year,” he said, with implicit reference upon the negative result of the referendum on the constitutional reform which aimed to abolish the Legislative Chamber, the Senate President, Pietro Grasso, during the meeting with journalists for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings. Among other things, the president Grasso has assured his commitment to ensure that in the coming months, in the Senate, the problem of spurious lawsuits and the abolition of imprisonment for those guilty libel will be addressed on the legislative front.

Pietro Grasso has said so answering the questions of the president of the Parliamentary Press association, Sergio Amici, who had explained how it would be worse if the bills on this subject were not to be approved even in the course of this legislature. It would be particularly serious, Sergio Amici added, especially after the publication of the latest data from Ossigeno per l’Informazione, provided by the Ministry of Justice, which quantify in 5125 of 5904 complaints every year which end with the acquittal during the investigation phase of journalists and in 103 years in overall prison sentences given each year to Italian journalists for libel.

“The issues of freedom of expression, the abolition of imprisonment for journalists, of a decisive stop to the rash lawsuits and to a personal and institutional proximity to the many journalists threatened – responded the president Grasso – have always been given top priority from me. I have never failed to make my support heard for Ossigeno per l’Informazione, the Press Federation, the Order of Journalists and Article 21 in these common battles, and I will continue to do so.”

As such, senator Grasso has called on media workers to perform their function with an overall vision of the problems. “Even the world of information, such as that of politics – he said – is suffering from a deficit of understanding of reality and trust from citizens. There is much talk these days of post-truth and false news. We must all show greater responsibility at this time. Those who provide information is called upon for greater care and verification of sources, perhaps avoiding to hear only one, with the risk of giving rise to party games with political or economic powers.”

“To the citizens, especially to the youngest – Grasso concluded – I renew the invitation to expand their view: a single newspaper or a single news site are not enough, it is not enough to follow the links that friends have posted on Facebook, or browse through the Twitter profiles we are following, a television show or some short video on YouTube are not enough to understand the complexity of our country and our world. We need all this, and much more. The ability to assign to each source its weight, the ability to connect the dots, and finally the ability to synthesize all this into an opinion which is a truly informed one.”


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