10 Oct 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 27 May 2019 n° 60/2019 Italy

Italian Riot Police Beat La Repubblica Reporter Stefano Origone

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
On 23 May 2019, a group of riot police officers beat La Repubblica Reporter Stefano Origone with batons and kicked him while the journalist was covering clashes among demonstrators near a rally staged by far-right party CasaPound in Genoa, according to a video of the incident published by his employer, Italian daily La Repubblica, and as Origone recounted in a report published in the paper. Police officers beat Origone while he curled in the fetal position, breaking two of his fingers and one of his ribs, according to his report in La Repubblica. He shouted that he was a journalist, but police only stopped beating him when one officer recognised him, Origone wrote.

In his report, Origone wrote that he remained hospitalised in Genoa with heavy bruising and head trauma.

Riot police began beating demonstrators after CasaPound supporters and opponents clashed near the party's rally, according to news reports.

"The journalist, Origone, was in the piazza to do his job in a peaceful manner as a reporter. I don't know how he could have been mistaken for a rioter," said Genoa's chief prosecutor, Francesco Cozzi, according to German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into Origone's beating, according to the broadcaster. In an interview published by La Repubblica, Genoa Police Superintendent Vincenzo Ciarambino apologised for the officers' attack on the journalist.
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