Defamation. Decision to review the sentence for reporter of the Caserta area

During the presentation of a book, in 2013, he had launched accusations for alleged wrongdoings around the waste disposal business by three local brothers

On 14 March 2018 the judge of the Court of Santa Maria Capua Vetere (in the province of Caserta) will decide if the journalist Salvatore Minieri unduly offended the reputation of three entrepreneurs – Antonio, Luigi and Antimo Caturano – denouncing during the presentation of a book the alleged offenses committed by them in waste disposal activities. Minieri received the summons to court on 19 July 2017. The facts date back to December 2013, during the presentation – in Pastorano (always in the province of Caserta) – of the book by Paolo Di Chiara, “Il veleno del Molise”.

“I have spent all my economic resources to defend myself from the various complaints I received – said Minieri to Ossigeno -. What is happening to me I think really is the picture of the province of Caserta. A chronicler who writes the truth must squander his fortune to defend himself in court”.

PRECEDENTS IN CAMPANIA – From 2011 to today, in Campania, Ossigeno has detected 442 serious violations of freedom of the press and of expression committed with acts of violence, illicit acts or abuses against as many journalists, bloggers, video operators, photo reporters, publishers, whose names are published in the Observatory Table. In 2018 11 names were added to this list.

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