first_img ItalyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence RSF firmly condemns the interior minister’s threat and supports this courageous and determined writer who embodies both the verve of Italian journalists and the grit of all those who refuse to yield to the dictates of criminal gangs. Saviano is a member of RSF’s Emeritus Board. November 23, 2020 Find out more Roberto Saviano in 2015 / AFP News RSF_en June 22, 2018 Italian minister threatens to remove “Gomorra” author’s police protection Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Italy Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union ItalyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence Italy is ranked 46th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. A heated exchange between Salvini, the leader of the far-right League party, and Saviano,the author of “Gomorra,” a famous book about the mafia, has been under way on socialnetworks and in the media for several days and was continuing today.In response to Saviano’s criticism of the government’s hostility towards migrants, Salvini told state TV yesterday that the authorities would “evaluate whether he runs any risk” and then possibly withdraw the round-the-clock protection he has been receiving for the past 12 years. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini’sthreat to remove journalist and writer Roberto Saviano’s police escort after Saviano, whohas been getting police protection since 2006 because of mafia death threats, criticized thenew Italian coalition government’s migration policies. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Adès-Mével added: “Blackmailing a journalist who is the target of the one of the world’s deadliest criminal organizations because he does not agree with government policy is not only irresponsible but also dangerous.” to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Organisation Covering a mafia network or criminal gang in Italy exposes reporters to deadly danger. Ten Italian journalists are currently receiving close, round-the-clock police protection while around 200 others received occasional protection in 2017. “Living under police protection 24 hours a day is not a luxury, it’s a constant torment,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkan’s desk. “Despite being the target of repeated threats, Roberto Saviano continues to tirelessly cover organize crime and, for that, he should receive the Italian government’s unconditional support and protection.” November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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