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Padraig Reidy: Why use the “offended” line? Because it works

Padraig Reidy: Why use the “offended” line? Because it works

The archdiocese of Rio is offended and reportedly threatening to sue Italian broadcaster RAI for an advert showing the Christ The Redeemer statue wearing the Italy Jersey. Such complaints of “offence” are really demands for “respect” -- in the Corleone sense

ECHR rules in favour of Italian journalist

The Court ruled defamation conviction was in violation of the right to freedom of expression

Italy’s free expression hamstrung by lack of media plurality

Italy’s free expression hamstrung by lack of media plurality

The situation for freedom of expression in Italy is curtailed by a lack of media plurality, restrictive media legislation and a digital sphere restricted by a strict privacy law.

Italy: Two journalists jailed for libel

Two Italian journalists have been sentenced to four months in prison and fined 15,000 Euros (11,700 GBP) for libel. Orfeo Donatini and Tiziano Marson, of newspaper Alto Adige, were convicted in June of alleging in a 2008 article that local politician Sven Knoll had taken part in a neo-Nazi summit. The claim

Italy: Writer wins free-speech prize for mafia exposé

An Italian writer who exposed the violent world of the Naples Mafia was awarded a major free-speech prize yesterday. Roberto Saviano was awarded the Pen/Pinter International Writer of Courage prize, to share with British playwright David Hare. Saviano’s book, “Gomorrah”, which was published in 2006, exposed Naples’ criminal underworld, and the

Berlusconi’s gag law is no laughing matter

Berlusconi’s gag law is no laughing matter

While the Italian prime minister's crude jokes are a source of amusement abroad, at home there are increasing fears over proposed new media restrictions. Giulio D'Eramo reports

Italy: Wikipedia shuts down Italian language edition to protest new law

Wikipedia have shut down their Italian language page in protest against a wiretapping act being proposed to the country’s parliament. The proposed law would require websites to publish within 48 hours a correction or comment relating to any content an applicant has deemed “detrimental to their image,”  or risk being fined €12,000. In a message

A criminal wall of silence

A criminal wall of silence

Italian journalists face in serious difficulties investigating organised crime and links with business. Cecilia Anesi reports from a conference highlighting the issue

Italian police seize blog over Berlusconi death satire

The Italian police have seized the Savona e Ponente blog after it ran a satirical piece entitled “I want to kill Berlusconi”. Journalist Valeria Rossi heavily criticised the Italian prime minister, writing that: “You can’t feel guilty of wishing him death, because he’s not human: he’s an alien with incredible psychic

Italian state television raises fears for press independence

Italian state television raises fears for press independence

As pressure mounts on Mauro Masi CEO of Rai TV, Giulio D’Eramo looks at why journalists see the government-owned network as a threat to freedom of expression

Berlusconi’s phone-tap U-turn

Berlusconi’s phone-tap U-turn

The Italian government is to stall plans to ban intercept evidence from court cases. Giulio D'Eramo reports

Italy’s news blackout

Italy’s news blackout

Media strikes over Silvio Berlusconi's 'gag law' --– Italian journalists protest PM's wiretap bill. Benedetta Brevini reports

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