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’.