29 May 2020 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 28 Apr 2020 n° 46/2020 Italy
Reporter Fabio Buonafiglio’s Car Set on Fire
In the early hours of 22 April 2020, the car belonging to Fabio Buonofiglio, director of online Italian news platform AltrePagine.it, was set on fire near his house in the province of Corigliano. Buonofiglio, who has previously faced threats due to his work as a reporter, has for years published investigative stories about the operations of the 'Ndrangheta' organised crime group in the Calabria region. The fire broke out around 0.45 a.m. and required the fire brigade to extinguish the blaze. The car was completely destroyed. The fire also spread to a neighbour’s car parked close by and caused significant damage. Police have opened an investigation and are trying to identify suspects. The case is being treated as an act of intimidation. The Italian National Press Federation (FNSI) condemned the attack.
- Report published by La Gazetta del Sud (in Italian): "Intimidazione a Corigliano Rossano, incendiata l'auto di un giornalista"
- Statement by the Union of Italian Journalists (FNSI) (in Italian): "Cosenza, incendiata l'auto del direttore di AltrePagine.it. Sindacato e Odg Calabria al fianco del collega"
- Report published by Altre Pagine (in Italian): "Intimidazione al giornale: stanotte ci hanno incendiato l’auto "
29 May 2020
Reply from the Italian authorities (information provided by the Ministry of Interior)