Crime and Court news / Society

The Italian libel laws strike again

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It is not the first time that we wonder whether the old Italian laws on libel are too harsh.

It took a presidential pardon in order to spare a jail term to journalist Alessandro Sallusti.

Now the Italian Courts have issued another ruling that made the press talk about a criminal prosecution against gossip.

A 65-years-old man was sentenced to a fine by a Criminal Court for making his part in spreading a neighborhood gossip on a woman cheating on her husband.

The sentence, which while lenient gives you a criminal record, was upheld by the Criminal Bench of the Italian Supreme Court. According to the panel of judges, such a gossip would be against the law ‘even if the news of an extramarital affair was true’.

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