Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Italian newspaper editor acquitted of defying house arrest

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Milan, December 14 - Italian newspaper editor
Alessandro Sallusti was acquitted on Friday of charges of
evading house arrest in a protest against a defamation sentence.
Sallusti was placed under house arrest after a court in
September ruled the editor of Il Giornale was guilty of printing
libellous remarks made by an anonymous reader about a judge in
Libero, the right-wing paper he edited in 2007.
The comments concerned a ruling to grant a 13-year-old the
right to have an abortion.
In a "symbolic gesture," Sallusti had said he was refusing
a house-arrest order since he could not cover news from home,
challenging police to take him to jail to serve out his 14-month
defamation term.
The court denied his request to serve the term in jail
since new legislation banned prison sentences for his level of
crime.
Sallusti's case is high profile as there has been
widespread alarm about the fact that it is possible for an
editor to be given a jail sentence for libel.
A bill in parliament to change the law so that this is no
longer possible was rejected in the Senate following amendments
that meant it would have still been possible for journalists to
be sent to prison for defamation .

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