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Alert created on: 04 Jun 2019 n° 62/2019 Italy

Journalist Roberto Saviano Threatened with Withdrawal of his Police Protection

Source of threatState
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ RSF
On 29 May 2019, Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini published a video on Facebook in which he threatened journalist Roberto Saviano with the withdrawal of his police protection from mafia. Saviano has been under constant police protection since 2006, after he published the book “Gomorrah”, denouncing the practices of the Camorra, the Neapolitan mafia.
In the video, Matteo Salvini sends a kiss to the camera, saying "A kiss to Saviano. I'm working on a revision of the criteria for the escorts that every day in Italy commit more than two thousand law enforcement workers." This is not the first time that Salvini has threatened Saviano to take away his police protection. In 2017, Matteo Salvini had already stated that he "assessed whether there was any risk" justifying the security measures for Saviano, "in order to see where the Italians' money was going."
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