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ITALY. THE MOST DANGEROUS NEWS OF DECEMBER 2015

Reported by Ossigeno | Raffaella Della Morte There have been 521 acts of intimidation in 2015 in Italy, reported by Ossigeno. For some journalists a police protection scheme has been arranged. Th ere have been threats, lawsuits, discrimination and a violation of professional secrecy Ossigeno's Federica Delogu interviews Fabio Amendolara, threatened journalist of Libero Quotidiano. (photo: Jane Whyatt) This monthly review of acts of intimidation in Italy is produced by Ossigeno per l’Informazione for the European Centrr for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) with the support of the European Union.   In 2015 521 Italian journalists and bloggers were victims of intimidation, threats and…

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

Vibo Valentia. Letter with bullet to two journalists and a lawyer

Threatened Francesco Mobilio (Quotidiano del Sud), Pietro Comito (LaC) and lawyer Marco Talarico. Investigations on the demolition of an abandoned building VIBO VALENTIA, December 26 – An envelope with an intimidating sentence, a bullet and the title of an article from the daily Quotidiano del Sud. It is the message received on Christmas Eve by

Source: Ossigeno Informazione » O2 in English

Mafia. The publisher of “La Sicilia” Mario Ciancio will not be prosecute

There is no sufficient evidence, the trial judge decided in Catania, after an in-depth investigation. Motivations are expectedThe Judge for the Preliminary Hearing of Catania, Gaetana Bernabo Distefano has decided that there are no conditions to proceed to trial against the journalist Mario Ciancio Sanfilippo, 83 years old, editor and publisher of the newspaper La

Source: Ossigeno Informazione » O2 in English

Trapani. Journalist uses professional secrecy, investigated

Marco Bova had been questioned as a person of interest for an article in which he recounted details of the investigation on a former Senator In late October 2015, the prosecutor of Trapani has placed under investigation the journalist Marco Bova for refusing to disclose the source of some information contained in the article “Sicilia,

Source: Ossigeno Informazione » O2 in English

Racial Hatred. Radio Islam lists 28 jews deemed influential in italian media

The Prosecutor of Rome is investigating. Singled out journalists, writers, teachers, entrepreneurs. Jewish Communities, Order of Journalists and UsigRai protest The Prosecutor in Rome has opened an investigation against unknown persons for threats and defamation, with the aggravating circumstance of racial hatred, following an initiative on 17 December 2015 that recalls the blacklists from the

Source: Ossigeno Informazione » O2 in English

United Kingdom: Member of Parliament loses libel action against Sunday times

Tobias Raab With decision of 25 November 2015, the High Court of England dismissed an action by Tim Yeo, former Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, against Times Newspapers (Case HQ14D01146). Yeo based his claim on several articles which had been published by the Sunday Times in the summer of 2013. The publication of the articles followed an undercover investigation by the Times' 'Insight' team. Two journalists of the Sunday Times had met with Yeo, pretending to be members of a fictitious consultancy firm who wanted to employ him on behalf of a leading…

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

United Kingdom: Court of Appeal rules on the expectation of privacy in public

Ass. iur. Gianna Iacino On 20 November 2015, in the case Weller and Ors v. Associated Newspaper Ltd ([2015] EWCA Civ 1179 – Case No.: A2/2014/2190) the England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) held that children have a reasonable expectation of privacy when they are on a family shopping trip. The British musician Paul Weller went shopping with his three children in Los Angeles (California, USA). Seven photographs were taken of his children, without his consent. At the time, the oldest child was 16 years old and the younger twins were 10 month old. The pictures were published on…

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

Romania: Social Defamation Act Adopted by Senate

Eugen Cojocariu On 7 October 2015, the Senate (upper Chamber of the Romanian Parliament) adopted the Act on Social Defamation, initiated by the Member of Parliament Liviu Dragnea, President of the Social Democratic Party, PSD, former main ruling party in Romania. The Act has to be discussed and voted by the lower Chamber of the Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies. Acording to art. 1 d of the Act, social defamation is an act or an allegation that puts a person in a position of inferiority on the grounds of belonging to a particular social group. According to art. 17 of the…

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

Macedonia: The Law on Prohibition of Public Revelation of Illegally Recorded Audio-Visual Materials may restrict the Media Freedom1

Borce Manevski In October 2015, the Law on the Prohibition of Owning, Editing, Publishing and the Usage of Materials, which come from Illegal Communications' Surveillance (Zakon za zabrana za poseduvanje, obrabotka, objavuvanje i raspolaganje so materijali koi proizleguvaat od nezakonsko sledenje na komunikaciite) – was proposed by two Members of the Parliament from the ruling majority and aims to prevent the media from publishing wiretapped conversations of highest politicians, which reveal their heavy criminal activities. The country is in the middle of the deepest political crisis since its independence in 1991. For months, the political opposition has been revealing wiretapped phone…

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

Latvia: Discussions about Municipal Newsletters and Media Independence

Ieva Andersone, LL.M Within the last year, in Latvia there have been numerous debates on the rights of local governments to publish their newsletters with editorial content and paid advertisements. The local governments are referring to their duty to provide information to their municipalities, but journalists and media are worried about the potential impact to free competition and media independence. The response from public and legal authorities so far has been contradictory. According to the Law on Local Governments, the municipalities have a general duty to inform the inhabitants of the respective municipality on the decisions and binding regulations adopted.…

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