Under police protection

Six Italian journalists are still under round-the-clock police protection because of death threats, mostly from the mafia or fundamentalist groups. The level of violence against reporters (including verbal and physical intimidation and threats) is alarming, especially as politicians such as Beppe Grillo of the Five Star Movement do not hesitate to publicly out the journalists they dislike. Journalists also feel pressured by politicians, and increasingly opt to censor themselves. Under a new law, defaming politicians, judges, or civil servants is punishable by sentences of six to nine years in prison. Many journalists, especially in the capital and the south of the country, say they are still subjected to pressure from mafia groups and local criminal gangs.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



77 in 2016

Global score


28.93 in 2016

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    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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