Italian journalist threatened after reporting on the abuse of sanitary crisis by mafia in Sicily

first_img DR News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence April 16, 2020 Italian journalist threatened after reporting on the abuse of sanitary crisis by mafia in Sicily Ever since La Repubblica journalist Salvo Palazzolo reported on 8 April on mafia’s attempts to recover parts of the national territory by acts of solidarity in favour of the poorest, he has been targeted by a wave of hate messages on social networks coming from Cusimano’s supporters. They called him a “disgusting journalist” and a ”bastard”, claiming “journalists are worse than the coronavirus.” News RSF_en Cities in Southern Italy that have already been infiltrated by the mafia are now badly affected by the economic and social crisis resulting from the lockdown imposed by the government to contain the coronavirus epidemic. It is also the case of a low-income quarter of Palermo. In order to compensate for the shortcomings of the government’s measures during the lockdown and to allow the criminal organisation to increase its influence, the brother of Giuseppe Cusimano, a mafia boss imprisoned on drug trafficking charges, started distributing free food to the poorest local population. ItalyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Italy’s main journalists’ association immediately voiced support for Palazzolo who specializes in covering organized crime and was regularly threatened in the past. At the same time, the local authorities opened an investigation into the distribution of food in the heart of Palermo. Calling on the Italian authorities to reinforce the protection provided to Palazzolo, RSF believes it is more important than ever for journalists to be able to shed light on mafia’s attempts to exploit the current economic and social crisis to extend its influence. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Italy Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News to go further The journalist, who revealed that the brother of an imprisoned mafia boss is using the coronavirus crisis to increase his influence in certain districts of Palermo, is now targeted by serious threats. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) requests the reinforcement of his protection. Organisation Receive email alerts News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more In 2019, Italy was ranked 43th in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index.  November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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