Tuesday, April 08, 2014

"Free" speech in Italy

In Italy, neither truth nor notoriety is a defense to a charge of criminal defamation. A person can be imprisoned for saying something about another person that everyone knows is true.

An Italian archbishop was even convicted of defamation for referring in a sermon to a civilly married couple as “concubines.”

Italy also has speech crimes, like “apology for Fascism” and “defamation of the Resistance.”

One who is acquitted of a crime in Italy can be convicted for accusing the police of third-degree tactics.



Anonymous said...

When people are free to do as they wish you get woodstock. When governments are free to do as they wishes, you get Auschwitz!

Mussolini would feel right at home in his home country today!

So would hitler!

"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives."

- Robert Heinlein

Bird of Paradise said...

Bonito Mussolini still lives

Anonymous said...

So glad you quoted Bob... the 2nd greatest philosopher of the 20th century.
(the greatest was George Carlin.)