The journalists Antonino Monteleone (Lazio), Filippo Mele (Basilicata) and Stefania Petyx and cameraman (Sicily) have all been victims. From 1st January to 31st October 2018 Ossigeno has verified and documented 226 unjustifiable attacks of the same type.
“Oxygen for Information” maintains that the episodes described below represent unjustifiable violations of press freedom and freedom of expression. The four journalists and the video operators directly affected have been added to the List of names of victims of unjustifiable attacks.
LAZIO – Antonino Monteleone
ROMA – On October 1st, 2018 the Genoa postal police searched the Rome house of the journalist Antonino Monteleone, journalist with the TV programme Le Iene seizing his computer files in an attempt to identify his confidential source of the journalism investigation, broadcast in 11 episodes, on the death of David Rossi.
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BASILICATA – Filippo Mele
SCANZANO JONICO – The Prefecture has instructed constant protection of Filippo Mele, doctor and collaborator of the Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, who on October 10th, 2018 found on the ground, a metre from the gate of his house in the countryside, in Scanzano Jonico (Matera), an envelope containing an unexploded bullet. In the envelope, without any name of either sender or recipient, there was also a blank A4 sheet and a red pen.
Solidarity with the journalist was expressed by the National Federation of the Italian Press, the National Order of Journalists, dall’Assostampa, by the Basilicata regional Order of Journalists and the Disciplinary Board. The vice president of the Basilicata Region, associations, administrators and journalists of the area have also expressed solidarity.
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