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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:48 PM

Italian journalists to strike over defamation laws

Source: Reuters

Italian journalists to strike over defamation laws

Italian senate passes amendment to a bill that would send reporters to jail but would let editors off with a fine

Reuters
The Guardian, Thursday 22 November 2012 14.13 EST

Italian journalists plan to strike next week in protest against a law that would send them to jail for defamation but would let editors off with a fine, the journalists' union said on Thursday.

The senate earlier passed an amendment to a bill that would set a maximum sentence of a year in jail for anyone convicted of defamation, while editors-in-chief and managing editors face a maximum fine of 50,000 euros ($64,400) or 20,000 euros respectively.

The measure must be approved by the Chamber of Deputies to become law. Italy has more than 20,000 full-time reporters, according to the Journalists' Guild.

Franco Siddi, secretary general of the union, said in a statement that there must be "an immediate and strong reaction by all of Italian journalism against the dark page written today at the senate".


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/italian-journalists-strike-defamation-laws

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:22 PM

1. stop writing about or publicizing any politician voting for this law :-) nt

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:36 PM

2. Italy, marching as fast as possible from reason.

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