Thugs attack Sicilian journalist who had been investigating drug trafficking

first_img News RSF_en Follow the news on Italy ItalyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about an assault on Massimiliano Pisano, a journalist based in Giardini Naxos in eastern Sicily who has been writing about drug trafficking in the area.A correspondent for the Catania-based daily La Sicilia, Pisano was waylaid by three thugs as he left a discotheque near Recanati at 10 a.m. on 7 August. They referred to his enquiries into drug dealing in local discotheques as they gave him a severe beating. He was hospitalised in Taormina and has had to take 10 days off work. The Taormina carabinieri are investigating.”This attack is a reminder of the often mortal danger that organised crime represents for journalists in Sicily, who have to do their job in extremely difficult conditions,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. He called on the authorities to “respond firmly to this worrying situation, so that a feeling of impunity does not take hold.” Gina Mauro, the newspaper’s chief editor in Messina, said Pisano had recently received several anonymous threats after writing many articles on local drug trafficking. Local correspondents ran considerable risk, he said, adding: “We would like to have conditions of work that allowed us to guarantee our readers the right to news.”Giuseppe Alfano, a reporter with La Sicilia who specialised in writing about the Mafia, was killed on 8 January 1993 by a shot fired into his mouth, a method of execution used by the Mafia for those deemed to have “talked to much.” to go further ItalyEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Organisation Newscenter_img News Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more August 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thugs attack Sicilian journalist who had been investigating drug trafficking RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News Help by sharing this information last_img