Italy: Amended ‘gag law’ removes publishers’ liability – but leaves journalists still facing huge penalties

The Guardian – Following a firestorm of criticism from civil society groups in Italy and abroad, and a slap on the wrist by the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, the Italian government’s draft “gag law” has been amended. The original bill restricted the use of wiretaps as an investigative tool and imposed an outright ban on publishing transcripts of telephone conversations and other evidence obtained covertly without permission from a judge. The new bill removes the publishers’ liability, but leaves journalists liable if they publish transcripts leaked to them by investigators – something that happens frequently in Italy. Read article