Journalists often targeted

About 20 Italian journalists are currently receiving round-the-clock police protection because of the intimidation, death threats and attacks to which they have been subjected, above all by criminal organisations and mafia networks. The level of violence against reporters keeps on growing, especially in Rome and the surrounding region, and in the south. In Rome, reporters have been physically assaulted in the course of their work by members of neo-fascist groups, and verbally attacked during demonstrations, for example by members of the Five Star Movement (M5S), which was part of the coalition government. On the whole, the Italian media have been able to keep working freely during the pandemic despite the Cura Italia decree of 17 March 2020 under which state agencies were ordered to stop handling requests for access to documents (unless extremely urgent) because they lacked personnel or because of the danger of infection. Access to data was therefore more difficult for all the national media. But the main problem for Italian journalists has been the coronavirus denialists – a motley array that includes urban guerrillas, “no mask” activists, neofascists, hooligans, “anarchists” and organised crime infiltrators – who often threatened and physically attacked reporters, especially those covering the wave of protests in October and November 2020.

in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index



41 in 2020

Global score


23.69 in 2020

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    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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