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Mafia and information. Serious attacks, many protests, little solidarity

This excerpt is taken from the extensive research carried out by “Ossigeno per l’Informazione ONLUS”, commissioned by the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission In November 2017, two serious incidents occurred in Sicily and in the Lazio regions, which have created an unprecedented attention, also at the media and institutional level, towards the phenomenon of violent conditioning of

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

Bari. Refuses to be interviewed and attacks journalist of Tg1 Rai

The wife of an alleged boss, who gave a powerful slap to the envoy Maria Grazia Mazzola, is under investigation for threats and injuries. Protests and solidarity The attack on the well-known RAI journalist Maria Grazia Mazzola has had enormous resonance. The TG1 correspondent, on February 9, 2018, was hit in the face, with a

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

Vatican. Cardinal Maradiaga insults journalist of weekly l’Espresso

Emiliano Fittipaldi writes that the cardinal received in Honduras millions of undocumented euros. He replies: spent for works of charity On 23 December 2017, a week before the resignation for age limits, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras), one of the Pope’s closest collaborators, reacted to the publication of an article in the

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

In prison for libel. The journalists at risk are in the thousands

They are those with a suspended sentence on condition that they do not suffer another one. The “chilling effect” that weighs above all on editors-in-chief The sentence for which the Sicilian journalist Graziella Lombardo, in December 2017, was condemned to social services, confirms that in Italy journalists guilty of libel continue to be sentenced to

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

In prison for libel. In Sicily a journalist to social services

Graziella Lombardo, former director of Centonove, was sentenced to 4 months in prison together with Alessandra Serio, author of the article. Three other prison sentences could become applied too On December 4, 2017, ten years after the facts, the Court of Surveillance of Catanzaro ordered the Sicilian journalist Graziella Lombardo to alternative measures for the

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

Calabria. Two months for a slap to a journalist. Sentence confirmed

On January 18, 2018 the Court of Appeals of Reggio Calabria confirmed the conviction of Francesco Cagliuso (former deputy mayor of Caulonia, in the province of Reggio Calabria) The Court has judged Cagliuso responsible for injuries against journalist Armando Scuteri, a contributor to the Gazzetta del Sud. The facts date back to 8 August 2008

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

Calabria. Hammered two journalists of tv show “L’Aria che tira”

On January 30, 2018 Dominella Trunfio and Franco Cufari, of the daily television show which delves into recent cases, L’Aria che tira (broadcast on La7) were attacked by a migrant The aggression occurred while filming inside the tent city of San Ferdinando (in Calabria), where two thousand and three hundred migrants live. Three days earlier,

Source: O2 in English – Ossigeno Informazione

Regulator reacts with "weary cynicism" as UK acts on fake news

By Jane Whyatt Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has set up a special government department to tackle fake news. The National Security Communications Unit is based in the Cabinet Office. It is backed by Artificial Intelligence power to spot any online mention of terrorism, and Home Secretary Amber Rudd has travelled to Silicon Valley in the USA to ask internet companies for co-operation in removing suspect content from social media and search engine listings. This follows a similar move by French President Émannuel Macron. Germany’s Angela Merkel has gone further and her government has enacted the controversial NetzDG or “Facebook Law“ which…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Jailed journalist’s appeals rejected as Georgians demand inquiry into his capture

By Jane Whyatt, Meydan TV A court hearing has rejected requests from defence lawyers representing Afgan Mukhtarli, the investigative reporter serving a six-year jail term in Azerbaijan. Mukhtarli was seized and taken to Azerbaijan from the Georgian capital Tblisi, and thirty-five civil society organisations are demanding an independent, international inquiry. Afgan Mukhtarli. Photo: Meydan TV After the hearing on 20th February 2018, defence lawyer Elchin Sadigov told Meydan TV they had asked the court to release Afgan Mukhtarli to house arrest and to let him out of the courtroom cage during the hearing. The lawyer also requested that the case be moved back to…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The Department for Education’s consultation on changes to teaching on sex and relationship education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) has recently closed. LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone and MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo give their view on what the Department should do as it considers how to improve PSHE, arguing that the digital must be a dimension […]

Source: Media Policy Project