January 30th, 2018
Blog: Charlie Hebdo insult case highlights weaknesses of Italian defamation law Standards of taste aside, charges brought by earthquake-hit town raise issues for freedom of expression
A lawyer for the Italian town of Amatrice, where nearly 300 people died in an earthquake in August, announced last week that the town would file criminal defamation charges against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Earlier this month the magazine “commented” on the earthquake with two cartoons, the first of which crudely depicted victims as different types of pasta. The second, in response to understandable outrage over the first cartoon, read: “Italians, it’s not Charlie Hebdo who built your houses, it’s the mafia!”
Italian Senate considers bill to increase prison time for defamation IPI slams measure veering further from international standards on free expression
Investigative journalism could soon become riskier business in Italy, with the country’s Senate set to consider a bill that would increase jail time for defaming public officials.
Italian journalist given prison sentence for defamation Ruling underscores urgency of Senate reform bill
VIENNA, March 5, 2015 – An Italian court ruling sentencing the editor of a news website to nine months in prison for defaming a public prosecutor is grossly disproportionate and violates European standards on freedom of expression, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today.