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Italian journalist in Paris would be jailed for press crimes if he returns home

first_img to go further November 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Italian journalist in Paris would be jailed for press crimes if he returns home Organisation Reporters Without Borders today protested against a sentence of two and a half years in prison for libel imposed by a Naples court on journalist Raffaele Jannuzzi. On 20 November, the judicial authorities refused to grant the 74-year-old journalist “semi-liberty” or convert his prison sentence to one of confinement to residence.”Sentencing journalists to prison terms for press crimes is contrary to United Nations standards and is unworthy of a democracy,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to justice minister Roberto Castelli, calling for an urgent reform of Italian law on press crimes. “Prison sentences must be abolished in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations human rights committee and the special rapporteur on the promotion and protectionof the right to freedom of opinion and expression”, Ménard said.Jannuzi has been a senator for the Forza Italia party since May 2001 but his parliamentary immunity does not protect him in this case, in which he has been convicted as editor of the daily newspaper Il Giornale di Napoli for articles published between 1987 and 1993, in particular, articles criticising judicial officials in charge of combatting the mafia. Jannuzzi himself wrote many investigative pieces on the mafia and defended television presenter Enzo Tortora, convicted in 1983 of colluding with the mafia on the basis of the statements of mafia members cooperating with the authorities.Jannuzzi is currently in Paris to attend a session of the Council of Europe and would be imprisoned on his return to Italy. He told Reporters Without Borders that he intends to remain in Paris until the end of the council’s parliamentary work on 16 December. Thereafter, he said he would return to Italy when the Italian authorities recognize the immunity he enjoys as a member of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe and the Western European Union.Another Italian journalist, Stefano Surace, was arrested and jailed in Italy on 24 December 2001, without being retried, for old press crimes dating back more than 30 years. In the 1960s, when he edited the nonconformist newspaper Le Ore and was well known for his reports on prison conditions, Surace was convicted in absentia and sentenced to more than two years imprisonment for “libel” and “obscene publications.” After being allowed to serve his sentence in the form of confinement to residence, Surace skipped the country and returned to live in France, where he has resided for the part 25 years. RSF_en ItalyEurope – Central Asia November 19, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Follow the news on Italycenter_img News November 23, 2020 Find out more ItalyEurope – Central Asia News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News News Receive email alerts December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Three-mile bread’s a hit at Heatherslaw Bakery

first_imgHeatherslaw Bakery hopes to be making bread “on a big scale” following the success of its new bloomer, produced with ingredients sourced within a three-mile radius.Heatherslaw Bakery in Northumberland, which employs up to 40 people, has previously concentrated on producing cakes and biscuits, but is now looking to breadmaking as an additional focus of the business.The idea for its new 1lb Heatherslaw Bloomer came from Heatherslaw Mill shop manager Marlyn Mair, who is keen to promote locally-made products, and the product is already proving popular with customers, The whole production process takes place within a three miles of the Ford and Etal Estate in north Northumberland. The wheat grown near the site of the Battle of Flodden is supplied to the water-driven Heatherslaw Corn Mill, and the flour is then taken to the adjoining bakery.The business is on target to reach a turnover of around £1.4m, in line with last year’s performance, and “we might even do better”, commented Colin Smurthwaite, who runs Heatherslaw Bakery. In addition to the success of the bloomer, the bakery has also been boosted by orders from Wyevale garden centres.“When we started making the bread we tested it out on customers in the tea rooms next door and they couldn’t get enough of it, so we’re pretty sure we’re on to a winner,” commented Smurthwaite.Smurthwaite said he plans to sell the bloomer throughout the North East initially. It is made from stoneground wholemeal flour and cracked wheat.last_img read more

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