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Journalists attacked in Italy since 1992

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Q&A: RAI journalist Stefania Battistini on covering Italy’s coronavirus outbreak

March 26, 2020 1:23 PM ET

Stefania Battistini, an experienced reporter for Italian public broadcaster RAI, has covered terrorist attacks, earthquakes, and Syria’s civil war for the channel’s news program. Now, she is confronting the biggest challenge of her career: the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging Lombardy, northern Italy, one of the hardest-hit regions in...

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Italian journalist Mario De Michele survives shooting attempt

November 18, 2019 3:25 PM ET

Berlin, November 18, 2019 -- Italian authorities must conduct a transparent and thorough investigation into the attempted shooting of journalist Mario De Michele and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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‘I was the first to lose my freedom’: How police protection impacts Italy’s investigative reporters

October 10, 2019 11:51 AM ET

Explaining the sudden presence of two grim-looking bodyguards in a way that wouldn’t scare her children was never going to be easy for Federica Angeli, a reporter for la Repubblica. So when Angeli returned home with police protection for the first time in July 2013, she tried to turn...

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Italian photojournalist Claudio Lattanzio’s car destroyed in arson attack

September 12, 2019 10:18 AM ET

On August 15, 2019, in Sulmona, central Italy, unidentified individuals burned the car of Claudio Lattanzio, a photojournalist for local daily Il Centro and collaborator with Italian news agency Ansa, according to a report by the daily....

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Italian riot police beat La Repubblica reporter Stefano Origone

May 24, 2019 1:00 AM ET

Berlin, May 24, 2019 -- Italian authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the police beating of La Repubblica reporter Stefano Origone and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist's car burned in Italy

May 14, 2019 10:32 AM ET

Unknown perpetrators set fire to the car of Gaetano Scariolo, a reporter at the daily Giornale di Sicilia and the Agi News Agency, on May 10, 2019, in a case that police have linked to Scariolo's journalism, according to reports by the journalist's employers....

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Italian journalist assaulted, robbed while reporting in park

April 8, 2019 8:38 AM ET

On April 2, 2019, Valentino Gonzato, an Italian reporter with the daily newspaper Il Giornale di Vicenza, was assaulted by a group of seven people while reporting in Fornaci Park in Vicenza, a city in Northern Italy, according to his employer....

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Italy's migrant beat beset with smear campaigns, harassment

April 2, 2019 5:19 PM ET

When Annalisa Camilli spent eight days on an Open Arms ship that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean, she knew her reporting for the Italian news magazine Internazionale may attract trolls. Camilli has covered the migrant beat for years and this was her second trip with the non-profit rescue operation....

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Italy's Matteo Salvini pursues criminal defamation against journalist Roberto Saviano

March 29, 2019 1:54 PM ET

Berlin, March 29, 2019 -- The Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against freelance investigative journalist and author Roberto Saviano, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Italian journalists harassed and assaulted by far-right extremists

January 8, 2019 2:51 PM ET

Berlin, January 8, 2019--Italian authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate the harassment and physical assault of two Italian journalists by a group of far-right extremists and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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