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Francesco Digiorgio

Car used by Italian journalist Francesco Digiorgio damaged in arson attack

Berlin, July 26, 2022 – Italian authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the arson attack on a car used by freelance journalist Francesco Digiorgio, ensure his safety, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. At around 2:30 a.m. on July 18, unidentified individuals set fire to…

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Italian police seize and search journalist Francesco Pesante’s phone in leak investigation

Berlin, July 14, 2022 – Italian authorities should drop any investigation into journalist Francesco Pesante and refrain from harassing members of the press in leak investigations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On June 21, police in the southern town of Foggia summoned Pesante, managing director of the news website L’Immediato, to appear for…

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Paolo Mondani

Italian police search newsroom and journalist’s home, surveil news crew in leak investigation

Berlin, June 13, 2022 – Italian authorities should stop harassing journalists and refrain from actions that could endanger the confidentiality of their sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On May 24, agents of the Italian Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate (Direzione Investigativa Antimafia) raided and searched the newsroom of public broadcaster RAI3’s investigative program “Report,”…

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Italian police increase protection of journalist Sigfrido Ranucci after assassination plot revealed

In August 2021, Italian police placed Sigfrido Ranucci, host and deputy director of the Rome-based TV program “Report”on Italian public broadcaster RAI3, under 24-hour protection due to an alleged assassination plot by the ´Ndrangheta organized crime group, according to his employer and Ranucci, who communicated with CPJ via email. Police learned about the plot by wiretapping…

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‘It is becoming unbearable:’ Journalists say they have become ‘scapegoats’ at anti-vaccine protests

Journalists covering demonstrations against COVID-19 countermeasures have been called “terrorists,” “pedophiles,” “murderers,” and “scumbags.” Protesters have harassed and assaulted members of the press, and told them that “the nooses are ready.” Threats like these have become increasingly familiar for reporters in Europe and the United States, where the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a CPJ partner,…

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Demonstrators in Italy attack two journalists during COVID-19 protests

Berlin, September 8, 2021–Italian authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate recent attacks on journalists covering COVID-19 protests, hold those responsible to account, and ensure that reporters can cover events of public interest safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 28, a group of demonstrators protesting the government’s recent measures to curb COVID-19…

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Unidentified man attacks Italian TV crew with metal chain, injuring 3

Berlin, April 27, 2021 — Italian authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the attack on Rete 4 TV reporter Carmen La Gatta and her crew, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 11, an unidentified man attacked La Gatta and two Rete 4 support…

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Italian TV crew covering anti-lockdown demonstration attacked and chased in Naples

In the evening of October 23, 2020, a group of protesters attacked and chased Paolo Fratter, a reporter for Italian news channel Sky TG 24, and his camera operator, Fabio Giulianelli, while they were covering a demonstration against the COVID-19 lockdown in Naples, according to a report by their employer and Fratter, who communicated with…

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Italian journalist Mimmo Rubio threatened over coverage of COVID-19 protests, organized crime

Berlin, October 29, 2020 — Italian authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the threats to journalist Mimmo Rubio and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 19, a group of about 20 people driving scooters and demonstrating against the coronavirus lockdown in Arzano, in southern Italy, staged…

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A police car is seen in Milan, Italy, on May 4, 2020. Unidentified attackers recently shot at Italian journalist Mario De Michele’s home. (AFP/Miguel Medina)

Unidentified attackers open fire on Italian journalist Mario De Michele’s home

Berlin, May 7, 2020 — Italian authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the shooting attack at the home of journalist Mario De Michele and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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