11 Sep 2017 Lvl. 2
Resolved
Alert created on: 04 Feb 2016 Italy

Italian Journalist Lirio Abbate Faces Hate Speech in Courtroom

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ CPJ RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ CPJ RSF
Lirio Abbate, a journalist of the weekly L'Espresso, who has been under police protection since 2007 after he exposed an alleged network of corruption and mafia-related affairs in Rome, is now a target for hate speech and slander. He is one of the main witnesses in the on-going court case (dubbed Mafia Capitale). Abbate has been a constant target for the main defendant accused of mafia crimes Massimo Carminati.
Resolved
11 Sep 2017: On 11 September 2017, after consideration of the judgment of the Civil Court of Rome which dismissed the action of libel against Abbate, the partners of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
04 Nov 2016
On 4 November 2016 the judge of the Civil Court of Rome dismissed the action for libel against Abbate and sentenced Massimo Carminati to bear the legal costs incurred by the weekly ‘l’Espresso’.
State replies
21 Jun 2016
Reply from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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