Berlusconi wants to strangle the wrong octopus

first_img to go further ItalyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en News Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more ItalyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Newscenter_img News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Italy November 23, 2020 Find out more News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Berlusconi wants to strangle the wrong octopus Reporters Without Borders has asked Lirio Abbate, an Italian journalist who specialises in organised crime, to say what he thinks of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s comment that he would like to “strangle” people who write books or make films about the mafia.The press freedom organisation is appalled by Berlusconi’s remark, made during a public meeting in Olbia, Sardinia, on 28 November. Referring to “The Octopus”, a long-running Italian TV series about the mafia, he said: “If I find out who is the maker of the nine seasons of ‘The Octopus’ and who has written books on the mafia, which give such a bad image to Italy across the world, I swear that I will strangle them.”“Words are like stones and if they are cast at those who are already at risk, they can resemble a suggestion,” said Abbate in his reaction, which is published in full below.“At time when around 10 Italian journalists are under police protection for covering the mafia’s activities, Prime Minister Berlusconi’s comments are completey uncalled-for,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable for a European leader to send such a signal. Investigative coverage of the mafia is needed more than ever, especially to expose its infiltration of business circles.”The press freedom organisation added: “Journalists who take risks to cover the mafia should be be supported. They should not be threatened with strangling. They should not be pressured into silence or into looking the other way.” Abbate has covered all of the most important investigations and trials of members of the Sicilian mafia, Neapolitan camorra and Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and was the only journalist present when mafia chief Bernardo Provenzano was arrested. He and fellow journalists Peter Gomez are the joint authors of “The Accomplices,” a book about the collusion between the mafia and Italian politicians.His police bodyguards thwarted an attempt to kill him in September 2007. The following month, mafia chief Leoluca Bagarella gave him a public warning. Frequently threatened, Abbate now lives outside Sicily with a permanent police escort.This is what Abbate wrote about Berlusconi’s comment:A prime minister who imagines, even metaphorically, an author being murdered just for writing books about the mafia ends up providing dangerous support to these criminal organisations, which have long been preparing to execute their death sentence. The mafia is there, it exists, there is a need to talk about it. Denouncing it is essential. Not talking about it does not solve the problem, as the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, would wish. Surrounding organised crime with silence, so that it can act more easily behind the scenes, is precisely what is wanted by the remaining mafia chiefs, still on the run in Sicily, and Berlusconi’s comment – whether spoken in jest or seriously – adopted the language of the criminals who have killed so many Italian citizens and officials.Fortunately, there are still people in this country who talk and write about the mafia, about its crimes and its collusion with people in power and, by so doing, they combat the silence and oblivion. But it is not an easy task. These people face daily risks and death threats. A journalist’s work and life should not be endangered, especially in a western democracy. And yet this is still happening in Italy. Society should be helping and supporting the journalists and writers who are affected. And fortunately, this often happens. But when, as is happening with increasing frequency in our country, their investigative work and analyses threaten the interests of mafia bosses, who are increasing their power with help from certain politicians, we are confronted by a news blackout. And it is precisely in these cases that silence, indifference and oblivion triumph.Tensions have mounted of late and so have the dangers these journalists are running. And Silvio Berlusconi’s comments have made them even more exposed as potential targets. Journalists who have had police escorts for years because of death sentences from a mafia that wants media invisibility suddenly find their vulnerability has increased considerably because of what our prime minister said. Words are like stones and if they are cast at those who are already at risk, they can resemble a suggestion. Or even an incitement for those who are already eager to turn off the safeties of their firearms. Before it is too late, the prime minister must reverse his position and publicly proclaim that he supports those who write about the mafia and their political accomplices.Lirio AbbateRead in Italian/ Leggere in italiano last_img read more

N56 closed at Maas Junction following collision

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook By News Highland – December 29, 2017 Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA N56 closed at Maas Junction following collision Previous article27 people awaiting admission at LUH this morningNext articleNI Civil Service told proposed Derry Medical School must not be delayed by Stormont deadlock News Highland center_img Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme The N56 between Leitermacaward and Glenties has been closed following a collision.Diversions are in place at the Maas Junction following the crash this afternoon.Emergency Services are on the scene, the extent of injuries if any, has not been confirmed. Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Busy weekend of club action in Tipperary

first_imgTemplederry continue their search for a historic first divisional title after they defeated Silvermines by 25 points to 3-13.In the other semi final at Nenagh, Kildangan were inspired by County senior panellist Darragh Egan who put in a man of the match performance as they overcame Portroe on a scoreline of 2-24 to 1-22.The North Senior hurling final has been fixed for August the 23rd. In West Tipp there was a shock as Knockavilla Kickhams overcame Clonoulty-Rossmore by 3-12 to 1-10 to progress to the divisional hurling decider.In Senior Football Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Clonmel Commercials qualified for the South final.In the first of a double header at Monroe yesterday evening Kilsheelan-Kilcash beat Cahir on a 2-15 to 0-10 scoreline.The Charlie McGeever led Clonmel Commercials were comprehensive 3-18 to 5 point winners over Ardfinnan.last_img read more

LA Lakers’ Julius Randle admits struggles with recent bench role

first_img“His energy hasn’t been the same,” Scott said. “I made the change with the first unit because the first unit was getting off to terrible starts. Now they’re getting off to real good starts and the bench is coming in and not sustaining.”Randle blamed that on the difficulty in building a rhythm off the bench.“When you sit nine or 10 minutes, you get in and try to feel out the flow of the game,” Randle said. “It’s a completely different feeling.”Another troubling trend has emerged through Randle’s occasional off-nights. In the nine games he has scored in single digits, Randle has averaged 3.88 fouls. “Some of it’s because he’s not ready to guard,” Scott said of Randle. “He waits until the guy catches the ball and then he wants to guard.” The highlight reels usually show Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle overpowering his opponents. But small cracks have emerged in his study frame ever since grudgingly accepting a bench role. After his 20-point, 12-rebound outburst in the Lakers’ overtime loss last week in Minnesota, Randle has followed up the next two games averaging 5.5 points on 20 percent shooting and 8.5 rebounds.“What did I do the previous two games?” Randle said. “I’ve made so many shots so many times that I’m not worried about it. They’re not going in right now. But I’ll keep attacking. They’ll go in.”The Lakers (3-21) enter Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks (10-15) at Staples Center with Randle posting double-digit efforts in six of the past eight games. But Lakers coach Byron Scott has already noticed Ruggle’s recent struggles as a reserve. Randle noted most of his fouls happen during garbage time. But he sounded receptive on fixing the issue. “That’s something I’ll have to watch on the film,” Randle said. “That’s hard to tell when you’re in the game.” A fond farewellKobe Bryant sounded glad the Lakers ended their 13-day, eight-game trip. The experience did not just test the 37-year-old’s stamina. He also experienced the beginning of his fare-well tour surrounding his 20th and last NBA season.“It’s been crazy,” Bryant said. “It’s been different to me being on the road and experiencing what I experienced with the acceptances, ‘Thank you’s’ and things like that. It’s been wonderful.”Bryant’s highlight?“Philadelphia in the most pleasant way possible,” Bryant said, referring to his hometown. “I feel very fortunate to have that. All the hard work I put in over the years really feels worth it to have that appreciation.”Injury updateAfter missing the past two games because of a sprained right ankle, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson is listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee. The Lakers were off on Sunday and plan to resume practice on Monday, making Clarkson’s status subject to change.Change of scenery The Lakers assigned second-year forward Tarik Black, rookie forward Anthony Brown and third-year forward Ryan Kelly to their Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. All three played in Sunday’s game against the Austin Spurs at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Grizzlies, Tyus Jones agree to $28M offer sheet

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Bucks sign Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother The Timberwolves will have two days to match the offer sheet or Jones will become a member of Memphis’ squad. LeBron James officially presents Lakers’ No. 23 to Anthony Davis; what number will LBJ wear? It’s official: Kevin Durant signs with Nets, to have new number It looks like Tyus Jones is moving on from Minnesota.The restricted free-agent point guard has agreed to a three-year, $28 million offer sheet with the Grizzlies. Jones’ agent, Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports, confirmed the news to ESPN as he congratulated his client on Twitter.Ready for a great new opportunity. Congrats to my man @1Tyus https://t.co/jmxzLXwg1J— Kevin Bradbury (@KB_Sports) July 8, 2019“Ready for a great new opportunity,” Bradbury tweeted. “Congrats to my man @1Tyus.” Related News Earlier Sunday, the Grizzlies traded guard Delon Wright to the Mavericks for a pair of second-round picks. The 27-year-old then agreed to a three-year contract worth $29 million.Jones, 23, was selected out of Duke with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2015 draft after helping the Blue Devils win the national championship as a freshman. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 assists for the Timberwolves last season.last_img read more