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Libel. Alert on Carchidi case on the Platform of Council of Europe

Alarm of Level 2. Categorized from AEJ as act having chilling effects on media freedom coming from the State

On May 19, 2017, at the suggestion of Ossigeno per l’Informazione, the very serious case of the Italian journalist Gabriele Carchidi, 52, was inserted as an alert of Level 2 on the “Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists” hosted by the Council of Europe. The alert is published with the headline “Italian Journalist Risks Being Jailed for Thirty Months for Libel” (see it).

The episode was added by AEJ and Index on Censorship and is categorized as an “act having chilling effects on media freedom”. The source of threat is the “State”.

As a consequence, the Council of Europe will ask the Italian Government for explanations.

This is the whole alert:

“Gabriele Carchidi, editor in chief of the online newspaper iacchite.com, has been sentenced by a court in Cosenza, in the Calabrian region of southern Italy, to a total of 30 months in prison without suspension of sentence in four libel cases between September 2016 and May 2017. The latest conviction, handed down on 10 May 2017, resulted from a lawsuit brought by the mayor of Cosenza, Mario Occhiuto, concerning references to the mayor on Facebook. The other convictions relate to reports by the journalist about the behaviour of senior carabinieri officers, mayor Occhiuto and a Cosenza magistrate, respectively. Gabriele Carchidi is free while he awaits the result of his appeals to the Appeal court against these four verdicts. Media reports say he also faces the possibility of being tried and receiving further custodial sentences as a result of more than 60 other pending defamation lawsuits against him, mostly brought by politicians, police, magistrates and other public figures”.

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