Publication Date: December 2015

As a result of the monitoring activities carried out in cooperation with the ECPMF, Ossigeno per l'Informazione releases monthly reports about the intimidations against media professionals and freedom of information in Italy. This monthly report, released at the end of 2015, provides a detail account of the most compelling violations taking place in Italy during the past year.

According to the report, in 2015 there were 521 Italian journalists and bloggers victims of intimidation, threats and abuse because of their work. Comparing this data with the previous year, in which 506 violations were recorded, the seriousness of the attack against press freedom in Italy remains stable.

According to data by the newspaper La Repubblica, in May 2015 there were already between 30 and 50 journalists protected by the police because of threats received also from organized crime.

Among the violations registered, there is the disrespect for the principle of professional secrecy, episodes of discrimination, threats directed against journalism both in person and through digital channels, including the banning of journalists from press conferences as a consequences of their previous work.

According to the estimates elaborated by Ossigeno, for every act of intimidation known and documented there are at least ten others that remain unknown to the Observatory also because the victims do not have the strength to make them public.

The full list of monthly report released by Ossigeno per l'Informazione can be accessed here.

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