Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italian president commutes editor's libel jail term

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Rome, December 21 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Friday commuted a controversial 14-month jail term
handed to newspaper editor Alessandro Sallusti.
The case has provoked widespread alarm about the fact that
it is possible for an editor to go to prison for libel in Italy.
"By commuting the prison sentence, the president intended
to remedy an evidently delicate situation prompt a reflection to
achieve better balanced legislation," read a statement by the
president's office.
A court in September ruled the editor of Silvio
Berlusconi's family's daily 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.
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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