11 Sep 2017 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 04 Feb 2016 n° 19/2016 Italy
Italian Journalist Lirio Abbate Faces Hate Speech in Courtroom
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.
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.
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’.
- Article published on the website of Ossigeno per l'Informazione (in Italian): "Ossigeno FNSI ODG: I giornalisti non sono bersagli, rispettare Lirio Abbate"
- Article published on the website of Il Fatto quotidiano (in Italian): "Lirio Abbate, l’avvocato di Carminati lo attacca in aula: “Delirio Abbate”. Ecco l’audio"
- Article published on the website of La Repubblica (in Italian): "Mafia capitale, la minaccia in aula contro il cronista"
21 Jun 2016
Reply from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs