Authorities raid the home and press room of mafia investigative journalist – EURACTIV.com
The Italian district’s anti-Mafia leadership raided the newsroom and home of the journalist who reported on the Capaci Mafia attack on Tuesday, television presenter Sigfrido Ranucci announced on social media.
The search came after Rai 3 aired the investigative report on Monday May 23.
“The aim would be to seize documents relating to the report, where the journalist, Paolo Mondani, claimed the presence of Stefano Delle Chiaie, a member of the neo-fascist right, at the scene of the attack,” Ranucci said, describing the search. as “not hostile”.
Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the Capaci bombing, a Sicilian Mafia terror attack that killed Judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and their three police escort officers.
The search “aims to verify the authenticity of the sources and in no way concerns the reporting activity of the journalist”, declared the prosecutor of Caltanissetta, Salvatore De Luca. After completing the search, Caltanissetta’s Anti-Mafia Directorate withdrew the search decree.
Amnesty International Italy has already expressed concern about the searches, recalling that “freedom of information also includes the right to the protection of journalistic sources”.
“The searches raise the urgency of adopting more effective rules to protect journalists’ sources,” said the Italian National Press Federation. He added that, according to the European Court of Human Rights, “such interference in the activities of the media amounts to an infringement of the right of citizens to be informed”.
According to Reporters Without Borders, Italy ranks 48th in terms of press freedom out of 180 countries, up from 41st in 2021.