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A jazz concert for press freedom in Rome

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 22.06.2018, 09:34 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] Ossigeno per l’Informazione organized on Thursday 21 June a jazz concert for press freedom held at the House of Jazz in Rome (former home of the boss of the Magliana criminal gang Enrico Nicoletti and now belonging to the municipality). The concert was played by saxophonist Nicola Alesini, the Scoop Jazz Band and trio “Cercatori di Libertà” (Freedom Seekers) with Vittorio Mezza, Gianluca Lusi e Luigi Masciari.

The evening was presented by actor Vittorio Viviani. According to Ossigeno per l'Informazione (OpI), the watchdog organization backed by the Italian journalists federation FNSI and the professional journalists body Ordine Dei Giornalisti (OdG), there were 66 threatened journalists in 2018 and 3574 threatened journalists in Italy since 2006. During the evening,the Neapolitan actor Vittorio Viviani read some short messages called “telex” sent from those who liked to give their opinion about what is the most urgent issue related to press freedom and how one could better ensure the safety of journalists and their precarious working conditions. There was also a short message by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

The figures show that journalists working on sensitive issues are still at very high risk. About 40 journalists are living under police protection after receiving threats and recently Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that anti-mafia writer's Roberto Saviano's security detail will be assessed in order to decide whether the protection is kept or not. Acts of intimidation against journalists go almost totally unpunished since and there are very few incidents in which the perpetrators have been identified, tried, and convicted. https://youtu.be/iuuyexLvLwk

Another issue is the "unscrupulous and intimidatory" use of lawsuits to induce journalists to tone down their investigative reports.TV journalist Milena Gabanelli, for example, has been sued for over 250 million euros by various disgruntled subjects in the course of her career as a hard-hitting investigative reporter. Ossigeno per l'Informazione went on to denounce a "more subtle but no less harmful form of violence, which is the situation of extreme job and economic insecurity of the vast majority of the journalists who come under threat". Freelancers are the de facto supporting framework of the entire Italian news system but have no juridical protection, and this grave lack must be remedied as soon as possible.

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