14 Dec 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 14 Dec 2017 Italy

Italian Newspaper La Repubblica's Headquarters Attacked by Forza Nuova Supporters

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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On 6 December 2017 in the afternoon, the Italian far-right party Forza Nuova attacked the headquarters of left-wing newspaper La Repubblica and declared "war" against its publisher. Around twelve Forza Nuova supporters threw flares at the office of Repubblica, its publisher L’Espresso Group and the weekly magazine of the same name. They carried a banner which said “Boycott L’Espresso and Repubblica”. Nobody was reported injured.

The attack came after the paper and publisher had expressed support for a proposed legislation to accelerate citizenship for immigrants’ children born in Italy. As a response, Forza Nuova stated on its Facebook page that it was "declaring war" on La Repubblica and L'Espresso, accusing them of "carrying out a genocide of the Italian people" by supporting the citizenship legislation.

Interior Minister Minnitti visited La Repubblica on the same day in a show of solidarity and called the attack unacceptable.

The Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana (FNSI) has also publicly condemned the threats, calling on journalists to continue their work despite fascist groups’ reaction, and urging an urgent response from the government and authorities, condemning fascist attacks and threats to journalists.
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