CLOSE

Court acquits Concita de Gregorio and Marco Travaglio

Court acquits Concita de Gregorio and Marco Travaglio

Court acquits Italian journalists sued by former Prime Minister’s outlet

Italian journalists Concita de Gregorio and Marco Travaglio were both writing for the newspaper L’Unita back in 2008. That was the year that Mediaset, the news company owned by then Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, sued them for criminal defamation. In May of this year they were finally acquitted.

Mediaset sued Concita de Gregorio and Marco Travaglio following an article they published in L’Unitá. The article detailed alleged misconduct by the outlet.

In defending the charges brought against them, de Gregoria and Travaglio relied initially on support from L’Unitá. After that, our partner Ossigeno per L’Informazione stepped in, an Italian non-profit advocating for journalists. Ossigeno offered support through their Free Legal Assistance Office, a Media Defence-funded programme.

“Ossigeno is an indispensable safeguard for freedom of the press”, said De Gregorio.

“The support given by Ossigeno per L’Informazione is key for journalists without economic resources to defend themselves in lengthy and expensive defamation proceedings”, said Andrea Di Prieto, a lawyer working with Ossigeno.

Italy ranks 41 out of 180 in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. The significant number of criminal defamation cases in Italy is concerning in terms of freedom of expression. Consequently, on June 2021, the Constitutional Court renewed its 2020 referral to Parliament to pass legislation to give a proper balance “freedom of expressing one’s own thought and (the) protection of individual reputation” in defamation cases.

Thank you to Niccolò Caranti and Internaz for the images.

 

If you are a journalist or citizen journalist in need of support, please click here.

If you would like to support our work, please click here.

Recent News

Azerbaijan held liable for blocking Radio Free Europe’s websites by ECtHR

The case relates to the blocking of RFE’s websites in 2017, and was one of four separate cases involving website blocking that were considered by the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’). The websites were blocked with immediate effect, pending an application for a court order by the relevant government agency. According to the government, […]

Read

Media Defence Files Intervention at European Court to Protect Anonymity Online

Media Defence has filed a third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Koumiotis v Greece to protect anonymity online. The case concerns criminal proceedings against the applicant, the owner and manager of an online blog. The applicant, following a series of posts criticising a businessman, was convicted of slanderous defamation. The […]

Read

Call for Consultants: Independent evaluation of ‘International Network of Internet Freedom Lawyers (INIFL)’ multi-regional project

1. About Media Defence Media Defence’s Vision A world where journalists no longer face legal challenges that threaten their ability to report freely and independently on issues of public interest, allowing citizens to be better informed, able to hold those in power to account. Media Defence’s Mission  To ensure legal protection of journalists and media […]

Read