English PEN joins the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International in expressing deep concern at the draconian sentences handed down by a Milan court on 22 May 2013 to three Italian journalists, Andrea Marcenaro, Riccardo Arena and Giorgio Mulè. All three were convicted of defaming a Palermo magistrate in an article published in the weekly news magazine Panorama in 2010. Marcenaro and Mulè received a 12-month and eight-month prison sentence respectively; Arena, who is also the president of the Order of Journalists of Sicily, was handed a 12-month suspended sentence. The three men will have to pay €20,000 in compensation to the defendant.
PEN is calling for the prison sentences to be thrown out. and for Italian lawmakers to decriminalise the country’s defamation laws.
For more information on the case against Andrea Marcenaro, Riccardo Arena and Giorgio Mulè, please visit the PEN International website.
Send letters of appeal
- Protesting the conviction of the Italian journalists Andrea Marcenaro, Riccardo Arena and Giorgio Mulè of criminal libel and calling for their sentences to be rescinded;
- Calling on Italian lawmakers to urgently decriminalise Italy’s draconian defamation laws.
President of the Italian Republic
Presidente della Repubblica Italiana
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Public Prosecutor’s Office in Milan
Procuratore della Repubblica
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