Monday, November 26, 2012 3:47 pm
Italian senate kills proposed libel law
The Associated Press
The proposal was defeated Monday by a 123-29 vote.
The Italian journalists union called off a national strike Monday but was demonstrating to press their campaign to decriminalize libel altogether.
Parliament's efforts to do just that were circumvented by right-wing lawmakers' apparent moves to protect an editor who was sentenced to 14 months for libel under a rarely enforced Fascist-era law that allows a six-year sentence.
They changed the draft to impose a one-year jail sentence on journalists while lowering the penalty for editors to (EURO)50,000 ($65,000) - sparking protests from Italian journalists and Reporters Without Borders.