Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy Senate rejects law jailing journalists for defamation

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Rome, November 26 - The Italian Senate rejected a
draft law Monday that would have sent journalists to prison for
defamation.
The secret ballot saw the Senate reject the law with 123
votes against the bill to 29 in favour, and nine abstentions.
However, members of former premier Silvio Berlusconi's
centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party complained the secret
ballot meant some politicians were "hiding" their choices from
the public.
The defamation bill came the same day that Italian
journalist Alessandro Sallusti announced that he is facing house
arrest after receiving a suspended sentence of 14 months in jail
for defamation.
Although Sallusti, director of the newspaper Il Giornale,
posted a message on his Twitter feed saying he faced house
arrest, he remained free Monday afternoon.
Milan prosecutors have asked a court to place Sallusti
under house arrest.
Sallusti said he is already appealing because he cannot
cover the news from home.
In September, Italy's highest appeals court confirmed the
verdict handed down to Sallusti by a Milan court in 2011 for
printing libellous remarks made by an anonymous reader about
Italian Judge Giuseppe Cocilovo in Libero, the right-wing paper
he edited in 2007.
The comments concerned the decision by Cocilovo to grant a
13-year-old the right to have an abortion.
The Court of Cassation ruled that Sallusti was responsible
for the comment since the identity of the writer was unknown.

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