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May 27, 2014

IFJ/EFJ call for thorough investigation into killing of Italian journalist Rocchelli

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have called on Ukrainian authorities to carry out a detailed investigation into the circumstances of the death of Italian photojournalist, Andrea Rocchelli, and Russian interpreter, Andrey Mironov , who were killed in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, 24 May. According to reports, Rocchelli and Mironov were killed in Slavyansk while covering fighting between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents... MORE
July 27, 2010

Iranian reporter released from house arrest in Italy

Iranian reporter Hamid Massouminejad is no longer under house arrest in Milan. Mohammadali Hosseini, Iran's ambassador to Italy, told the Iranian Students News Agenc (ISNA) that the Milan prosecutor signed the order of release which was also approved by the court interrogator on Monday. Hosseini announced that this did not mean that the file has been closed by described it as a "positive step" toward concluding this matter. While Massouminejad has been released from house arrest, he is still... MORE
July 23, 2010

Berlusconi's coalition backs down on Italy wiretaps bill

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition backed down on a controversial wiretaps bill Thursday as its deputies approved a watered-down version in a parliamentary committee vote, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported. The initial bill would have banned the publication of transcripts in the media and called for up to two years in jail and fines of up to 464,700 euros (600,000 dollars). It drew fire from the opposition, the European Union and even some of Berlusconi's... MORE
July 9, 2010

Wiretap bill spurs debate and protests in Italy

Silvio Berlusconi is sending out a message as he and his allies fall victim to a string of embarrassing phone call leaks: Stop listening. The Italian premier is pressing a bill to limit the use of investigative wiretaps that have been the source of numerous scandals, but there is fierce opposition to curbing official eavesdropping in one of the world's most wiretapped nations. Magistrates warn the contentious legislation winding through parliament would damage their fight against the Mafia,... MORE
June 30, 2010

Italian Senate approves restrictive wiretap law

A controversial law curbing wiretaps and imposing heavy fines on journalists who publish leaked ‘wiretap’ material was passed recently by the Italian Senate. The president of the Italian Senate announced that the much-debated wiretap law had been approved by the Senate with 164 votes in favour. Of a total 323 senators, only 189 were in the room when the bill was voted on. Representatives of the opposition coalition, which believes the law violates fundamental rights, had left the room in... MORE
March 4, 2010

Italy: State broadcaster suspends political discussion programmes ahead of regional elections

The board of governors of the state-owned broadcaster RAI has decided to suspend all political discussion programmes on its three TV stations during the one-month run-up to regional elections scheduled for March 28 and 29, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The reason given was the difficulty of ensuring “equality of treatment.” It is extraordinary that RAI should be backing away from the obligation to provide the detailed political information that viewers appreciate by temporarily... MORE
October 2, 2009

Press freedom under attack in Italy

The Italian editor whose newspaper is being sued for defamation by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday likened the situation to attacks on the American press during the Watergate scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon. “Like the American journalists, our journalists were doing their work and were publishing information that had to be published,” said Ezio Mauro, Editor-in-chief of La Repubblica , speaking at a World Editors Forum conference in Prague... MORE
September 4, 2009

Newspaper editor who criticised Italian PM Berlusconi's sex scandal quits

The editor of a prominent Catholic newspaper that demanded Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi answer questions about a sex scandal resigned Thursday, saying he and his family were hurt by an attack on his reputation from a Berlusconi family newspaper, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. The resignation highlighted Berlusconi's souring ties with the church, which objects to the Italian government's immigration policy, has been troubled by reports linking the premier to young women and now... MORE
November 25, 2008

Spurt in violence against journalists in Italy by right-wing groups

There has been a wave of attacks since the beginning of the month on Italian journalists working in Rome, in what seems to be a new campaign of intimidation by far-right groups. A TV crew from state-owned RAI-1’s news programme, TG1, was harassed on Sunday while doing a report in the Rome suburb of Il Trullo about racist attacks on immigrants by young Italians. The report followed the arrests of five young residents on charges of theft and racist remarks the day before. The crew was doing... MORE
November 25, 2008

EFJ calls on Italian parliament to condemn layoffs at Italian TV La7

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has expressed its solidarity with staff and unions of Italian TV Channel La7 who are facing an unprecedented wave of lay-offs. EFJ, the European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), called on Italian lawmakers to condemn the cutbacks which will affect more than a quarter of the workforce. "We urge the Italian Parliament, which on Wednesday will discuss Italian labour law and the precarious state of journalistic work, to focus... MORE