Alessandro Sallusti

Alessandro Sallusti

Italian journalist
Country: Italy

Content:
  1. Biography of Alessandro Sallusti
  2. The Controversy
  3. Legal Troubles

Biography of Alessandro Sallusti

Alessandro Sallusti is an Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of the newspaper 'Il Giornale', which, by the way, belongs to Paolo Berlusconi, the brother of Silvio Berlusconi.

Alessandro Sallusti

The Controversy

There are many stories about journalists who have suffered after publishing articles that offend someone's interests, but much less attention is given to the editors of these publications, who often face extreme difficulties themselves. Alessandro Sallusti, as the editor-in-chief of 'Il Giornale', fell victim to such circumstances. The article that caused trouble for Sallusti was about a Turin judge, Giuseppe Cocilovo, who made a highly controversial decision to allow an abortion for a 13-year-old girl. The girl later ended up in a mental institution, while the judge not only remained free but also sued the newspaper 'Libero'. It is worth noting that Giuseppe's actions were not only criticized in 'Libero' but also in the Turin publication 'La Stampa'. However, the article in 'Libero' had a clearly accusatory tone, which angered the judge. As per Italian laws, the responsible director of the newspaper, Alessandro Sallusti, was held accountable for the offensive article. The position of a responsible director is considered extremely dangerous, not only in legal terms but also because those who want to take action against a publication that published an inconvenient article often target the responsible director, unable to reach the journalist for some reason.

Alessandro Sallusti

Legal Troubles

On June 17, 2011, Alessandro Sallusti was sentenced to 14 months in prison and a fine of 5000 euros. Sallusti attempted to appeal the verdict, but on September 26, 2012, the Supreme Court of Cassation in Italy upheld the decision. The prosecutor of Milan postponed the sentencing for 30 days, giving Sallusti the hypothetical opportunity to request an alternative punishment, such as community service or house arrest. However, Alessandro does not intend to take advantage of this possibility. According to the journalist, it would be absurd to promise rehabilitation in his situation because he does not feel guilty. He also does not plan to use another opportunity offered by the authorities – constant protection. After the verdict, Sallusti resigned from his position as the convicted cannot hold the post of editor-in-chief of 'Il Giornale'. However, Paolo Berlusconi, the owner of the newspaper, has no plans to accept Alessandro's resignation. Berlusconi is confident that the verdict against his subordinate was completely illegal, and he is supported by a significant number of journalists and media industry employees in Italy. Not only journalists but also some politicians have expressed their support for Sallusti. The President of Italy has promised to personally pay attention to Sallusti's case, and the Minister of Justice has no intention of reviewing the case but is open to making adjustments to the existing legislation, especially concerning punishment for defamation. The statement made by parliament member Renato Farina caused a stir as he not only supported Sallusti but also claimed to have personally written the article that caused such controversy.

Alessandro Sallusti

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