Indymedia Italia Banned by Italian Government

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May 5 2005 10:05
Indymedia Italia Banned by Italian Government

Italian website banned over 'Nazi' pope picture

An Italian website that published a photo montage of Pope Benedict XVI dressed in a Nazi uniform was told to suspend its activities on Wednesday for offending the Roman Catholic religion, court officials said.

Rome prosecutors accuse the Indymedia Italia site, which is part of a network of alternative media websites, of causing offense to the Catholic religion by publishing the photo montage alongside the caption "Nazi pope".

Under Italian law, the offense is punishable by up to one year in jail.

The website, which is registered under the name of a Brazilian-based company, Indipendent Media Center, was still online Wednesday evening and showing the controversial image despite the court ruling.

Italy's largest press union, FNSI, slammed the decision as an "unacceptable attack on critical and satirical freedom".

"Indymedia publishes without any form of censorship any kind of electronic message -- that is the basis of its editorial policy," said the FNSI's secretary general, Paolo Serventi Longhi.

"I do not agree with the message's content, in fact I find it very serious, but press freedom cannot be called into question," he added.

Agriculture Minister Gianni Alemanno, a member of the conservative National Alliance, hailed the decision to ban the site, arguing that Indymedia Italia had "reached a pinnacle of offensiveness and vulgarity".

http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69696&condense_comments=false#comment106666

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May 5 2005 10:32

The Catholic religion (and its pope) offends me, does that mean I can ban it?

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May 5 2005 11:30

No, but you can have an ASBO put on it black bloc

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May 5 2005 12:17

Ah the joys of opening publishing... roll eyes

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May 5 2005 12:42

Speaking of which, wasn't someone going to put up the 'law intro for anarchist journalists' article I wrote for freedom a while back in the media resources section?

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May 5 2005 12:46

in the pipeline!

we've got a huge backlog of content right now, just trying to get it all up...

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May 5 2005 12:54
John. wrote:
in the pipeline!

we've got a huge backlog of content right now, just trying to get it all up...

I'll relax about my deadline, then wink