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Italy’s Little Blogging Problem

Italy's Little Blogging ProblemThe Italian blogosphere is on fire with postings about the “ammazza blog” amendment. According to Gigaom, the remnant of Silvio Berlusconi’s days would force online publications (including blogs), to swiftly address complaints–or pay up:

The proposed legislation would force online publications, whether large or small, to amend information on their sites within 48 hours of a complaint — or face fines of €12,000 ($15,700).

The Italian press is calling it the “blog killer.”

Largely unpopular with bloggers, online media and the public alike, the measure was slipped into Italian lawmakers’ chambers on the tailcoats of a new law regulating wiretapping.

Il Fatto Quotidiano reports:

…(the) law provides that each site manager computer is required to rectify any content on the basis of a simple request for those who consider themselves wronged. There is no chance to reply: whoever does not rectify within 48 hours pays up to 12 thousand Euro fine.

If the measure passes, it will set a horrible precedent for online publications the world over. The best part about the Internet is that it’s a free forum where people can say what they like. That freedom is worth any potential pitfalls, in Italy and everywhere else.




Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times ( She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Her blog on journalism is

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society