Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Journalists to strike on Monday over new libel law


Rome, November 22 - Italian journalists will strike
on Monday in protest over a new libel law currently before
parliament, the national journalists' union said on Thursday.
The protest involves all news media professionals and is
in opposition to the so-called 'Sallusti bill' which ''seriously
limits the independence of information,'' said Franco Siddi,
secretary of the National Press Federation.
The provision was supposed to remove jail terms as a
possible sanction for libel and raise fines following the uproar
caused by the decision of Italy's supreme Court of Cassation to
uphold a 14-month prison term for newspaper editor Alessandro
Sallusti found guilty of printing libellous remarks made by an
anonymous reader about Italian judge Giuseppe Cocilovo in
'Libero', the right-wing paper he edited in 2007.
However on Thursday the Senate, Italy's upper house,
approved an amendment retaining prison terms of up to one year
for journalists but replacing these with a fine of up to 50,000
euros for editors, sparking the latest protests.

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