Two journalists attacked by far-right extremists in Rome. Two reporters for Italy’s L’Espresso magazine were assaulted by far-right extremists yesterday at the Verano cemetery in Rome. The attack took place while the reporters were covering the commemoration of the victims of a 1978 attack against far-right activists, the online edition of the weekly reports. Reporter Federico Marconi and photographer Paolo Marchetti on Monday morning were “hit and kicked” by members of the neo-fascist movement “Avanguardia Nazionale” and the head of Forza Nuova Roma, the Roman chapter of the far-right party. “The assailants included Giuliano Castellino, the local head of Forza Nuova,” the magazine reported. Castellino is reportedly under special surveillance and was not supposed to attend the event, which commemorated members of the now-dissolved neo-Fascist Movimento Sociale Italiano party who were killed on January 7, 1978.
After the memorial at the Mausoleum, L’espresso writes, some members of the extreme right approached Marchetti, threatening him and demanding the camera’s memory card, which he handed over.
Apparently not satisfied, they continued to threaten him until leader Castellino arrived on the scene. “Castellino approached our reporter and took him by the neck. Others shoved him, even kicking him,” wrote L’espresso. The attackers also reportedly took the reporter’s phone and wallet, saying they needed it “to identify him.” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini responded to the incident by saying “those who beat people up should go to prison.” Editors at L’espresso demanded action “well beyond the simple declaration of Salvini.” “L’Espresso journalists will certainly not be intimidated by these vile and shameful fascist actions,” they wrote. “This was violence unworthy of a democratic state, which cannot accept the presence of political groups like Forza Nuova, Avanguardia Nazionale and CasaPound.” Attacks on the free press are unfortunately not unusual in Italy, where some 200 journalists are under some kind of police protection.
via thelocal: Two journalists attacked by far-right extremists in Rome