Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Grillo bans comments to blog entry on free speech

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Rome, May 15 - Beppe Grillo, leader of the Italy's
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, banned comments to his blog
post due to a southern Italian probe against 22 people accused
of insulting the Italian president.
"Who can be safe from prosecution for criticising the
president of the republic? So to defend oneself, the only way is
to not write anything anymore. Lips sealed. Fingers blocked on
the keyboard. Comments blacked out," the
comedian-turned-politician poste on his blog, his main soapbox.
Grillo protested in his blog that "Twenty-two people are
under investigation for 'offending the honour and prestige of
the president of the republic'" by the prosecutor's office in
Nocera, a town south of Naples, "essentially...for
'vilification', a term that can include any opinion, criticism,
or assessment judged offensive".
Grillo cited his own post from May 31, 2012, inviting
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to abolish the crime, which
carries a sentence of one to five years in jail.
He also wrote that the law originally enshrined respect for
Italy's monarch under Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime.
"This post, in order to avoid legal complaints filed
against anyone, will be, for the first time in the history of
the blog, without the option to comment. In the future, perhaps,
it will become the rule for the entire Web in Italy," Grillo
said.

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