EFJ: newwhistleblowers directive must be amended

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It has been asked in an open letter sent by, among others, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) to the European institutions that are currently discussing the new whistleblowers directive 

Cassation Court puts a brake on unfounded legal claims and penalises those who pursue them

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Lawyer Andrea Di Pietro comments on an innovative judgment by which the Cassation Court has adopted the concept of "punitive damages" and the abuse of the process coming from the US legal tradition.

Defamation. Three draft bills under discussion in the Parliament

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Two proposals were tabled by Senator Primo Di Nicola of M5S. One punishes vexatious lawsuits against journalists; the other extends their professional secrecy. A third proposal is by Valter Verini of Pd.

18 months detention for having threatened Paolo Borrometi

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On Facebook he wrote that he would have eaten Borrometi’s heart. The reporter had exposed his dubious activity at the fruit and vegetable market of Vittoria.

Mafia. The Italian editorial empire of Mario Ciancio impounded

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Assets worth 150 million euro including the daily newspapers La Sicilia and Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, two TV stations and a print works, were all seized by the judicial commissioners.