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Fonte:  Organizzazione per la  Sicurezza e  la Cooperazione  in Europa

Press  release 

OSCE Representative  on  Freedom  of  the Media  urges
Italian  Senate  to  drop  law  proposals  restricting  free  flow  of

VIENNA, 24  June 2009  - Miklos Haraszti,  the OSCE  Representative on
Freedom of the  Media asked the Italian legislature  today to drop two
planned legal  provisions that would restrict freedom  on the Internet
and reporting on court cases.

"The  provisions  fail  to  acknowledge  several  international  media
freedom standards," Haraszti wrote in a letter to the President of the
Council  of Ministers,  the President  of the  Senate and  the Justice

The proposal "on public security"  would impose fines of up to 250,000
euros  on  Internet service  providers  that  do  not block  materials
believed to instigate or glorify criminal acts. The lower house of the
Parliament  voted in  May  to  delete this  provision,  but the  final
version is still to be announced by the Senate.

A draft law "on  telephone surveillance and electronic eavesdropping",
approved  on  11  June  by  the lower  house,  would  prohibit  public
references  to any documents  related to  court proceedings  or police
investigations    prior    to    the   conclusion    of    preliminary
investigations. Violators would face imprisonment up to five years.

"The  draft  does not  provide  for  exemptions  for cases  where  the
published  information was  in the  public interest.  Neither  does it
differentiate  between  the officials  leaking  information and  those
passing it on or publishing it," Haraszti said.

"These deficiencies are inadmissible  in a democracy that acknowledges
the citizens' right to know."

Haraszti  stressed  that  information   -  even  sometimes  leaked  by
officials  -  may  play  an   important  role  in  the  fight  against

"The  passing of  such information  should not  be  punished, provided
there is the defence of having  acted in 'good faith', that is, in the
public interest,"  he said.  Haraszti  asked the Senate to  follow the
suggestions  of the  lower house  regarding  the draft  law on  public
security, and  to bring  the draft law  on telephone  surveillance and
electronic eavesdropping  in line  with OSCE commitments  and European
press freedom standards.