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Petition against attacks on Domani newspaper and for media freedom in Italy

ECPMF

23 April 2024

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Originally published by Domani here

Available in Italian here.

 

Three reporters at Italian newspaper Domani are facing up to 9 years in prison for doing their job. More than 70 international organisations and media outlets stand in solidarity with Domani. Media freedom is under attack. Share this call

 

Three of the reporters at Domani – Giovanni Tizian, Nello Trocchia, Stefano Vergine – are facing up to 9 years in prison. They are under investigation by Perugia Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly having requested and received confidential documents from a public official, and for allegedly breaching the secrecy of the investigation through the request and publication of information contained in those documents.

 

The investigation started on October 2022, after Domani published articles outlining a conflict of interest concerning Italy’s Defence Minister Guido Crosetto. We revealed that for years, before being appointed minister, he was paid by the arm industry as an advisor. The minister has never denied the information we published. Yet, he filed a complaint to the Italian judicial authorities with the aim of identifying our alleged source.

 

Following its adoption by the European institutions, the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA) aims to strengthen the protection of journalistic sources and strictly regulate the possibility for the judiciary to investigate these sources, under the guidance of an independent judge, and only in the context of investigations into a limited number of crimes.

 

In a complete break with the spirit of the EMFA, the decision by the Perugia prosecutor’s office to prosecute our reporters to identify their sources risks criminalising journalism.

 

What is happening to Domani has already been stigmatized by the main journalists’ trade unions and by organizations such as Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana, Media Freedom Rapid Response, European Federation of Journalist, Free Press Unlimited, International Press Institute, ARTICLE 19 Europe and OBC Transeuropa.

 

Without the possibility of verifying pieces of news, and without sources leaking secret information, investigative journalism would be hugely limited. Likewise, the freedom of the press would be limited, to the detriment of the public’s right to be informed about news of public interest that political and economic power tries to hide.

 

The current investigation on the three reporters represents an attempt to breach the confidentiality of journalistic sources, and to silence investigative reporting on members of the current government.

 

It is not the first time that members of the current Italian government act against Domani and other Italian media: SLAPPs, claims for damages and intimidations are becoming more and more frequent in our country. With this call for support, we ask the Italian judicial and political authorities to respect the right to report, the freedom of the press and the public’s right to have independent media.

Signatories

International Organisations
  • Amnesty International Italia
  • ARTICLE 19
  • Bulgarian Investigative Journalism Centre
  • Civic Initiatives (Serbia)
  • Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ)
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation
  • Deutsche Journalistinnen- und Journalisten-Union (dju) in ver.di
  • DİSK Basın-İş (Turkish Press and Printing Employees Union)
  • Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ)
  • European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (ECMPF)
  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  • Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)
  • Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana (FNSI)
  • Foundation Atelier for Community Transformation (ACT)
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  • GCD (The Turkish Association of Journalists)
  • Greenpeace Italia
  • Human Rights Center Ghent University – Dirk Voorhoof, professor emeritus, Freedom of Expression
  • Index on Censorship
  • Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (IJAS)
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  • International News Safety Institute (INSI)
  • International Press Institute (IPI)
  • Irish PEN / PEN na hÉireann (Catherine Dunne, chair, writer)
  • Justice for Journalists (JFJ)
  • Libera Informazione
  • OBC Transeuropa
  • Pištaljka (The Whistle)
  • PEN International
  • RECLAIM
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  • Peace Institute (Ljubljana)
  • Society of Journalists (Warsaw)
  • South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
  • Statewatch
  • The Good Lobby (Italia)
  • The Turkish Association of Journalists (GCD)
  • Trade Union of Croatian Journalist (TUCJ)
Media Outlets
  • Are we Europe
  • Balkan Insight
  • Daraj – Alia Ibrahim, co-founder
  • Defapt.ro – Cătălin Prisăcariu, co-founder
  • Delfi Estonia – Urmo Soonvald, editor in chief
  • Deník Referendum – Jakub Patočka, editor in chief
  • Disclose – Ariane Lavrilleux, reporter and press freedom defender
  • elDiario.es
  • European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) – Stefan Candea, co-founder and coordinator
  • Expresso – David Dinis, editor in chief
  • Gazeta Wyborcza
  • HVG
  • InfoLibre – Daniel Basteiro, editor in chief; Jesús Maraña, editorial director
  • Internazionale – Giovanni De Mauro, editor in chief
  • Investigate Europe – Alessia Cerantola, editorial director
  • IrpiMedia – Lorenzo Bagnoli, co-editor in chief
  • L’Espresso – Enrico Bellavia, editor in chief
  • Le Soir – Christophe Berti, editor in chief
  • Libération – Dov Alfon, editor in chief
  • Lighthouse Reports – Daniel Howden, founder and director
  • Magyar Hang – György Zsombor, editor in chief
  • Mediapart – Carine Fouteau, president and publishing editor
  • Nacional – Berislav Jelinic, editor in chief
  • Piazzapulita – Corrado Formigli and the news desk
  • Presadiretta – Riccardo Iacona and the news desk
  • Politiken – Amalie Kestler, editor in chief
  • Radio anch’io – Giorgio Zanchini
  • Report – Sigfrido Ranucci and the news desk
  • Reporters United – Nikolas Leontopoulos, co-founder
  • Shomrim – Eyal Abrahamii, editor in chief
  • SourceMaterial – Leigh Baldwin, editor in chief
  • The Insider – Roman Dobrokhotov, editor in chief
  • TPI (The Post Internazionale) – Giulio Gambino, editor in chief
  • VG – Gard Steiro, editor in chief
  • Voxeurop

Available in English here

 

Tre giornalisti di questo giornale rischiano fino a 9 anni di carcere per aver fatto il loro lavoro. Mentre l’Ue con il Media Freedom Act rafforza la protezione delle fonti, in Italia si trasforma il giornalismo d’inchiesta in reato. Condividi il nostro appello, firmato da oltre 70 organizzazioni e media internazionali

 

Tre giornalisti del quotidiano italiano Domani – Giovanni Tizian, Nello Trocchia, Stefano Vergine – rischiano fino a 9 anni di carcere. Sono indagati dai magistrati della procura di Perugia con l’accusa di aver chiesto e ricevuto documenti riservati da un pubblico ufficiale, e di aver violato il segreto istruttorio attraverso la richiesta e la pubblicazione di informazioni contenute in quei documenti.

 

L’indagine è iniziata dopo la pubblicazione nell’ottobre del 2022 dei nostri articoli sul conflitto di interessi che coinvolge il ministro della Difesa italiano, Guido Crosetto, pagato per anni dall’industria delle armi. Il ministro non ha smentito le informazioni sui suoi compensi milionari, ma ha chiesto all’autorità giudiziaria di individuare la presunta fonte di Domani.

 

Dopo l’adozione da parte delle istituzioni europee dello European Media Freedom Act, l’Unione europea si promette di rafforzare la protezione delle fonti giornalistiche, regolando in modo stringente, per tutti gli stati membri, la possibilità per il potere giudiziario di indagare sulle fonti dei media, e prevedendo che ciò possa avvenire solo in casi limitati.

 

Al contrario, la decisione della procura di Perugia di risalire alle fonti dei nostri cronisti rischia di trasformare lo stesso giornalismo d’inchiesta in un reato. Non a caso l’episodio è stato già stigmatizzato dai maggiori sindacati e organizzazioni italiane ed europee, come la Fnsi, la Media Freedom Rapid Response, lo European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, la European Federation of Journalist, Free Press Unlimited, International Press Institute, ARTICLE 19 Europe e OBC Transeuropa.

 

Senza la possibilità di verificare notizie e senza informatori che fanno trapelare informazioni riservate, il giornalismo investigativo avrebbe limiti enormi. Così come limitata sarebbe la libertà di stampa, a svantaggio del diritto della pubblica opinione ad essere messa a conoscenza delle notizie di pubblico interesse che il potere politico ed economico vogliono nascondere.

 

Temiamo che l’attuale indagine sui nostri reporter rappresenti un tentativo di violare la riservatezza delle fonti giornalistiche e di mettere a tacere le inchieste sui membri dell’attuale governo.

 

Non è la prima volta infatti che membri dell’esecutivo agiscono contro Domani e altri media italiani: querele temerarie, richieste di risarcimento danni e intimidazioni sono sempre più frequenti.

 

Con questo appello, chiediamo alle autorità giudiziarie e politiche italiane di rispettare il diritto di cronaca, la libertà di informazione e il diritto dei cittadini a poter contare su media indipendenti.

 

Firmatari

Organizzazioni internazionali
  • Amnesty International Italia
  • ARTICLE 19
  • Association of European Journalists (AEJ)
  • Bulgarian Investigative Journalism Centre
  • Civic Initiatives (Serbia)
  • Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ)
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation
  • Deutsche Journalistinnen – und Journalisten-Union (dju) in ver.di
  • DİSK Basın-İş (Turkish Press and Printing Employees Union)
  • Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ)
  • European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (ECMPF)
  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  • Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)
  • Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana (FNSI)
  • Foundation Atelier for Community Transformation (ACT)
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  • GCD (The Turkish Association of Journalists)
  • Greenpeace Italia
  • Human Rights Center Ghent University – Dirk Voorhoof, professore emerito, Libertà di espressione
  • Index on Censorship
  • Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (IJAS)
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  • International News Safety Institute (INSI)
  • International Press Institute (IPI)
  • Irish PEN / PEN na hÉireann (Catherine Dunne, presidente e scrittrice)
  • Justice for Journalists (JFJ)
  • Libera Informazione
  • OBC Transeuropa
  • Pištaljka (The Whistle)
  • PEN International
  • RECLAIM
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  • Peace Institute (Ljubljana)
  • Society of Journalists (Warsaw)
  • South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
  • Statewatch
  • The Good Lobby (Italia)
  • The Turkish Association of Journalists (GCD)
  • Trade Union of Croatian Journalist (TUCJ)
Media
  • Are we Europe
  • Balkan Insight
  • Daraj – Alia Ibrahim, cofondatrice
  • Defapt.ro – Cătălin Prisăcariu, cofondatore
  • Delfi Estonia – Urmo Soonvald, direttore
  • Deník Referendum –  Jakub Patočka, direttore
  • Disclose – Ariane Lavrilleux, reporter e difensora della libertà di stampa
  • elDiario.es
  • Environmental Investigative Forum (EIF)
  • European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) – Stefan Candea, cofondatore
  • Expresso – David Dinis, direttore
  • Gazeta Wyborcza
  • HVG
  • InfoLibre – Daniel Basteiro, direttore; Jesús Maraña, direttore editoriale
  • Internazionale – Giovanni De Mauro, direttore
  • Investigate Europe – Alessia Cerantola, direttrice editoriale
  • IrpiMedia – Lorenzo Bagnoli, condirettore
  • L’Espresso – Enrico Bellavia, direttore
  • Le Soir – Christophe Berti, direttore
  • Libération – Dov Alfon, direttore
  • Lighthouse Reports – Daniel Howden, fondatore e direttore
  • Magyar Hang – György Zsombor, direttore
  • Mediapart – Carine Fouteau, presidente e direttrice di pubblicazione
  • Nacional – Berislav Jelinic, direttore
  • Piazzapulita
  • Presadiretta – Riccardo Iacona e la redazione
  • Politiken – Amalie Kestler, direttrice
  • Radio anch’io – Giorgio Zanchini
  • Report – Sigfrido Ranucci e la redazione
  • Reporters United – Nikolas Leontopoulos, cofondatore
  • Shomrim – Eyal Abrahami, direttore
  • SourceMaterial – Leigh Baldwin, direttore
  • The Insider – Roman Dobrokhotov, direttore
  • TPI (The Post Internazionale)
  • VG – Gard Steiro, direttore
  • Voxeurop

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