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Alert created on: 08 Jan 2019 n° 6/2019 Italy

Neo-Fascists Attacked Two Italian Journalists

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index RSF
On 7 January 2019, Federico Marconi and Paolo Marchetti, an Italian journalist and a photographer both working for the Espresso, an Italian weekly magazine, have been attacked by members of two neo-fascist groups Avanguardia Nazionale e Forza Nuova. The two journalists were near the Verano monumental cemetery in Rome to cover the event organised by Avanguardia Nazionale in memory of the Acca Larentia killings. The commemoration referred to the deaths of three members of an Italian far-right party that occurred in Rome on 7 January 1978. A group of neo-fascists approached Marchetti and took his camera's memory card. Other militants then surrounded the journalist Federico Marconi and began to hit him with kicks and slaps. The boss of Forza Nuova together with a militant of Avanguardia Nazionale took the journalist’s mobile phone and the wallet to identify him. They deleted photos and videos of the day from his phone. All their personal effects have not been returned to them until the arrival of the police.
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