A recent report shows that France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, and Finland want to legalise spying on journalists in the event of a threat to national security.
On 12 October 2023, the Criminal Court of Rome convicted journalist Roberto Saviano of criminal defamation in a case that was initiated by Italy’s prime minister, Giorgia Meloni.
CCTV footage showed a man approach Puccio’s empty vehicle, pour a flammable liquid over it and set it on fire. This is not the first time that the journalist has been targeted.
“The use of SLAPPs is widespread in Italy. The legal tool most commonly employed to instigate SLAPP cases is defamation, both civil and criminal. However, the right to privacy and the right to be forgotten are also misused to prevent the disclosure of inconvenient information.”
Media freedom organisations call for a thorough investigation into threats made against Scavo by Neville Gafà, the former director of the office of the Maltese prime minister.
On 9 June 2020, the Constitutional Court will hold a public hearing into criminal defamation legislation. Press freedom groups are urging the Court to abolish prison sentences as one crucial step towards reforming these laws.
Italy’s press freedom record is among the most problematic in Western Europe; it saw the sharpest increase in media freedom alerts recorded in 2018 according to the Council of Europe’s Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists.
Far right minister Matteo Salvini has made a second threat to withdraw the police detail protecting Saviano from mafia assassination attempts.
Roberto Saviano faces up to 6 years in jail if convicted of criminally defaming the far right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini; Salvini has previously threatened to remove police protection from the mafia-threatened journalist.
Police thwarted a planned attack against journalist Paolo Borrometi aimed at putting “a stop to his reporting.”
Vatican judges acquit journalists who published exposés on endemic corruption in the Holy See.
Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fitiipaldi are being investigated over their books ‘Avarizia’ and ‘Via Crucis’, which examine Vatican finances.
Italian police conducted an identity check on the three men and three women after they held a spontaneous, uncoordinated protest against an anti-gay-marriage group calling itself the Sentinelle in Piedi, or Standing Sentries, on 29 March in Perugia.
ARTICLE 19 recently analysed Italy’s defamation law for its compliance with international free expression standards. The law, adopted by the Chamber of Deputies on 17 October 2013, introduces amendments to several laws dealing with civil and criminal defamation.