29 Apr 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 23 Mar 2020 n° 31/2020 Italy

'La Repubblica' Chief Editor Carlo Verdelli under Police Protection after Receiving Death Threats

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19
Carlo Verdelli, Chief Editor of 'La Repubblica', has been put under police protection after receiving death threats from Nazi groups.

The measure was ordered by the Ministry of the Interior on 12 March 2020, following several threats including a death threat coming from a so-called "Nazi silent cell".

In a statement, the Board of the Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana (FNSI), an affiliate of both the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) FNSI said that : “The police protection of Carlo Verdelli illustrates the Italians' problem with Nazi fascism. We urge the Italian authorities to identify and prosecute the representatives of these groups who keep acting undisturbed in the wake of principles and ideals extraneous to the Constitution of the Republic and the democratic order”.
Updates
29 Apr 2020
On 17 April 2020, the journalist Carlo Verdelli received another death threat from an anonymous account on Twitter, which published a post with the announcement of death of Verdelli, set for 23 April 2020, and defined him as a “hater”. The police is investigating into this incident. On 23 April, the same date set which the threats he received said he would be killed, Verdelli was dismissed from his role of editor-in-chief by the management of La Repubblica’s editorial group. This decision was condemned by the founder of La Repubblica Eugenio Scalfari. Journalists of La Repubblica went on strike in protest of the decision on 24 April.
09 Apr 2020
On 7 April 2020, Carlo Verdelli was victim of an additional death threat. The Wikipedia page of his profile was hacked, the date of his death was added to 23 April 2020 and the text of his biography was modified to the past tense to indicate his death. The page was then shared on an active Twitter page that promotes hate speech. According to some sources, the cyber-attack might emanate from a neo-Nazi group.
State replies
15 Apr 2020
Reply from the Italian authorities
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