Concern about adoption of bill on publication of phone call intercepts

first_img Follow the news on Italy November 23, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called on Italy’s senators not to approve a bill on telephone tapping that regulates the publication of phone call intercepts in the news media. Presented by justice minister Clemente Mastella, the bill sailed through the chamber of deputies on 17 April with 447 votes in favour, 7 abstentions and none against.“If the senate passes this bill as it currently stands, the leeway for journalists to take editorial decisions about the publication of intercepts will be reduced to the minimum,” the press freedom organisation said. “The sanctions envisaged even include prison sentences. Adoption of this bill would be a retrograde step for Italian democracy.”The bill’s disturbing provisions include an obligation to destroy all recordings five years after the judge’s decision and a ban on publishing or broadcasting a recording if the investigation is over. News media that violated these restrictions on the freedom to publish could be fined up to 100,000 euros and the journalists responsible could even go to prison.Approval of the bill by the chamber of deputies triggered an outcry in the Spanish media and their unions. Order of Italian Journalists president Lorenzo del Boca said: “This would be the first time that an external authority would have the ability to intervene and issue decisions about journalists’ professional conduct (…) Furthermore, the threat of journalists being imprisoned just for doing their job would send us back 10 years.”The National Union of Italian Journalists (FNSI) has called a one-day protest strike for tomorrow. June 29, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about adoption of bill on publication of phone call intercepts Receive email alerts ItalyEurope – Central Asia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia ItalyEurope – Central Asia News to go further Newscenter_img News RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Newslast_img read more