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Alert created on: 16 Nov 2015 Italy

Draft Italian Law Imposes Sanctions on Journalists who Published Wiretapping Materials

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 3 November 2015, the Federation of Journalists’ affiliate in Italy (FNSI), the Association of Journalists of Lazio, the Roman Press Association, the Journalists’ union of Rai (“Radiotelevisione Italiana”, the national public broadcasting company) and the association « Articolo21 » launched an online petition ”No Bavaglio 3” (”No to Gag Law”). They protest against the draft law presented by the government that gives to the executive powers to set rules on the publication of wiretaps excluding « the conversations of public interest ».
“The government will decide on what wiretapping materials can be or cannot be published. It argues that the new law will protect the citizens’ privacy rights. The law offers protection to politicians and corporate powers rather than to citizens as the fear of penality will lead to self-censorship“, an EFJ statement said.
Updates
03 Aug 2017
On 3 August 2017, the draft bill came into force, following successive approvals by Chambers of deputies and the Senate.
State replies
21 Jun 2016
Reply from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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