Freedom of the press: Italy 41st in the world ranking

Reporters sans frontières  sans frontières has drawn up the world report for 2020 which illustrates the il ranking of 180 countries for press freedom.

Among the top ten we find above all the states of Europe with a podium all dedicated to the North:

Top ten ranking 2020 (Fonte:rsf.org)

In first place is Norway and in eleventh place, one step outside the top ten is Germany:

Italy is improving by gaining points compared to previous years, with a remarkable and positive gap from 2015-2016, one of the most inglorious years for Italy.

Ranking per anno 2013-2020 Italia (Fonte:rsf.org)

However, it seems clear that press freedom in Italy deserves to be described as a point on which to beat again, probably now more than ever, considering the decisive decade for the journalism sector and all its professionals and considering Italy’s 41st place in the world ranking for press freedom.

Ranking 2020 for press freedom in the world (Source:rsf.org)

We report the whole text from the article of rsf.org as regards Italy and its internal situation.

Still under protection
About 20 Italian journalists are currently receiving round-the-clock police protection because of serious threats or murder attempts by the mafia. The level of violence against reporters keeps on growing, especially in Rome and the surrounding region, and in the south. In Campania, the editor of Campanianotize.com narrowly escaped a murder attempt in November 2019 by a local mafia family in reprisal for his newspaper’s investigative reporting. In Rome, reporters were verbally and physically attacked in the course of their work by members of neo-fascist groups and the Five Star Movement (M5S), which is part of the coalition government. On the whole, Italian politicians are less virulent towards journalists than in the past, but journalism risks being undermined by certain recent government decisions, such as a possible reduction in state subsidies for the media.

SOURCES:

-rsf.org, 2020 ; https://rsf.org/en/italy; consultato il 25/04/2020

Images taken from:

-rsf.org, 2020; https://rsf.org/ranking# ; https://rsf.org/fr/donnees-classement consultato il 25/04/2020

 

 

 

Giulietto Chiesa has left us

We communicate with great dismay and pain at the sudden departure of one of the pillars of free information, dear Giulietto Chiesa.

Professional journalist, politician, activist, former MEP, director of PANDORATV.IT as well as our official partner and one of the founders of this brilliant project called WREP..

Through the words of cartoonist Vauro we could not give a better image of this man, even before this journalist:

WREP will always remember you as one of the most prolific and committed journalists on the free information front, with a detached and absolutely alternative vision.

Eyes that wept in the face of horror and shone in the face of truth.

Thank you Giulietto for everything you have done.