Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Journalist strike justified but 'wrong approach'

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Rome, November 23 - The chairman of Italy's
largest news agency ANSA and also chairman of the National
Newspaper Publishers' Association FIEG (Federazione Italiana
Editori Giornali) Giulio Anselmi said on Friday that though the
motives for the Italian journalists strike slated for Monday are
justified, the approach is not right.
The Italian journalists' union has called for a strike in
protest over a new libel law currently before parliament.
"The reasons for the protest against a terrible libel law
are understandable and shared. But FIEG believes that striking
is an improper response that makes it even more difficult to
obtain information," said Anselmi.
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 bill was meant to remove jail terms as a possible
sanction for offences and raise fines following an uproar
caused by a supreme Court of Cassation decision to uphold a
14-month prison term for libel for newspaper editor Alessandro
Sallusti.
But the bill was amended in a secret vote in the Senate on
Tuesday and prison terms were reinstated, sparking the latest
protests.

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