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Italy recorded almost 100 intimidation acts on journalists in 2023

Rome, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) In Italy 98 acts of intimidation against journalists were recorded during 2023, an alarming phenomenon, even though, in the first quarter of 2024 a reduction was appreciated for the same period of the previous year, a report indicates.

According to published information on the official website of the Ministry of the Interior, a meeting of the coordinating center for the monitoring, analysis, and permanent exchange of information on these actions, was held at the central directorate of the Criminal Police to analyze this issue.

Raffaele Grassi, deputy director general for Public Security and Criminal Police, who chaired the meeting, underlined the importance of dealing more effectively with intimidation of journalists, events that “must be carefully monitored also to develop a qualitative analysis of the episodes”.

Present at the debate were the advisory secretary of the National Council of the Order of Journalists, Paola Spadari, as well as the president of the National Federation of the Italian Press, Vittorio di Trapani, and the commissioner of the National Union of Journalists, Claudio Silvestri.

Most of the acts recorded last year were concentrated in the regions of Lazio, Lombardy, Campania, Calabria, and Sicily, with 68 episodes, equivalent to 69,4% of the total, of which 10 were attributed to organized crime and 30 were socio-politically motivated.

In 2023, 22,8% of the intimidating acts directed against information professionals were registered against women journalists, with 21, while those directed against men, with a total of 71, amounted to 77,2 percentage points.

The source added that the remaining 8 %, were against properties belonging to newsrooms or teams of communicators.