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26 Jun 2006 3:09 PM
Blogger fined for defamation

p2p news / p2pnet: Italian blogger Roberto Mancini is, "suspected of creating a US-hosted blog in 2005 - Il olscevicostanco, which reports on local news in sarcastic and crude terms," says Reporters Without Borders.

"Using the pseudonym, General Sukhov, he apparently wrote several articles directly attacking local figures."

Now he's been found guilty of defamation under criminal law, and ordered to pay 13,500 euros (about $16,900) in fines and damages, says RWB, going on:

"The case was brought by two journalists on regional newspaper Gazzetta Matin, Luca Mercanti and Christina Porta, the press officer for the Val d’Aosta regional chamber of trade and of a local firm, Pier Maria Minuzzo, and a webmaster, Marco Camilli.

"The columns by-lined General Sukhov are certainly written in an extreme style, but the complainants were not able to show they were untrue. It looks like the blogger is being punished for his bad language and not because he posted false information, which is unacceptable.

"He was found responsible for comments posted on his blog by some of his readers, a decision which goes against European jurisprudence."

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