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Day to End Impunity in Rome. Celebration at Senate and in Bruxelles also

Four meetings from 24 to 27 October 2016. New data on prison for defamation. Also two training seminars for journalists and students

“UN: Journalists assaulted, the guilty go unpunished. The UN alarm – What happens in Italy “: this will be the overall theme of the Four days of initiatives promoted by Ossigeno per l’Informazione on the occasion of the “International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists” called by the UN.

The event will open on Monday, October 24, 2016 in the Koch Hall of the Italian Senate, where, from 15 p.m. to 19 p.m. there will be a discussion on the Italian situation of assaulted journalists and the unpunished guilty with the Senate President Pietro Grasso, the vice president of the Anti-Mafia Commission, Claudio Fava, Professor Caro Federico Grosso, the director of Ossigeno Alberto Spampinato. Speeches will be from the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Press, Dunja Mijatovic, and from Mehdi Benchelah, that will represent the UNESCO Division for Freedom of Expression and Media  in Paris. Among the speakers there will also be the lawyer Alinda Vermeer of MLDI (Media Legal Defence Initiative, London); Radomir Licina, journalist, vice president of SEEMO (South East European Media Organization in Vienna); Enzo Iacopino, president of the Order of Journalists; Michele Albanese, as representative  of the FNSI; Filippo Carotti, general manager of FIEG; Nuccio Fava, President of the AGE-AEJ, the  Association of European Journalists.

The conference will be moderated by Giuseppe Federico Mennella, Secretary of Ossigeno. The initiative is sponsored by the Senate, the FNSI, the ODG, and is promoted along with the European Center for Press and Media Freedom in Leipzig (ECPMF), with support from the European Commission, and is produced in collaboration with the Order of Journalists of Lazio, the Roman Press Association and the Association of European Journalists. For journalists who register, their participation to the SIGEF platform will be a free formative event.

As a training seminar for journalists there will also be the appointment of Wednesday, October 26, at the National Central Library of Rome. “Stop impunity for crimes and abuses against journalists,” will be the title of the course during which Lirio Abbate, Attilio Bolzoni, Giovanni Tizian, the lawyer Andrea Di Pietro, Alberto Spampinato, and Giuseppe Federico Mennella will intervene. On that occasion the winners of the Master’s Degree Award “Mario Paolo Grego” will be announced, organized by Ossigeno and reserved for master’s degree dissertations on press freedom issues.

The seminar will be organized in collaboration with the National Library and the University of Rome Tor Vergata; sponsored by the Chamber of Deputies, the FNSI and the ODG, it is promoted with the European Center for Press and Media Freedom in Leipzig, with the support of the European Commission and the Order of Journalists of Lazio.

On Tuesday, October 25, the appointment is at 15 p.m. at the Chamber of Deputies for a press conference in which Ossigeno will present an unpublished dossier on proceedings for libel in Italy and the application of prison sentences for journalists found guilty of this offense. Along with the Centre’s Director, Alberto Spampinato, also the MP Claudio Fava, and the lawyer Alinda Vermeer representing the MLDI (Media Legal Defence Initiative) will intervene.

Initiatives will end on October, 27th in Brussels. The dossier will be presented at the Press Club of the Belgian capital in a conference to which various representatives of European institutions have ensured their presence.


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