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The anti-mafia reporter and anchorman, Pino Maniaci, will be tried next May 8th for practicing the profession of journalist without a license. Pino Maniaci runs the family television station Telejato in Partinico, Sicily, in the province of Palermo. He is well known for his outspoken campaigns against major mafia figures in the area. He has received death menaces, has been sued for libel and was beaten up last year by a mafia boss's son. Nevertheless he went on air within hours with a swollen face.

The present incrimination recalls that in Italy one must belong to the Order of Journalists in order to write about or report current events- a state of affairs that may sound strange to foreign ears. Maniaci has declared he never had time to bother taking the examination to become a lawful journalist. He has, besides, been nominated an honorary journalist for his outstanding and courageous reporting.

It is eloquent that in an area with a heavy mafia presence a reporter can be charged with a continuous "criminal design" to abusively report facts and events. All the more so when those same events may never have been reported were it not for Pino Maniaci.

Maniaci's case is not the only case of libel suits brought against reporters and bloggers in Italy for doing their job with civic passion.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 06:03:12 PM EST
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Italy is one country where I wouldn't like to live today...news are horrific and the fact that Italy is in Europe (and EU)and this is happening is appealing...
On the other hand Italy in my youth has been so lovable...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 11:55:19 PM EST
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of course I was about to say appalling...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 11:59:42 PM EST
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Sort of like I feel about the USA, (version with appalling.)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 12:12:26 AM EST
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