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Italian journalists protest against insults from governing party

The leader of the 5-Star Movement has been fiercely critical of reporters.

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Journalists stage a protest in Milan (AP)

Journalists stage a protest in Milan (AP)

Journalists stage a protest in Milan (AP)

Italian journalists have protested across the country against insults from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement.

Journalists gathered in public squares in regional capitals in protest over statements by 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and another prominent officials which labelled journalists as “prostitutes,” “jackals” and “intellectually and morally corrupt”.

Protesters called the attacks a risk to democracy and said they are sounding the alarm over “a political philosophy that is emerging around the globe” which aims to scapegoat journalists.

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Journalists have protested across the country against insults from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement (AP)

Journalists have protested across the country against insults from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement (AP)

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Journalists have protested across the country against insults from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement (AP)

The 5-Stars platform has aimed to further reduce state support of the media.

The direct attacks on journalists heated up after Rome mayor Virginia Raggi was acquitted of a corruption charge which also risked the reputation of the 5-Star Movement, with officials subsequently lashing out at months of media coverage.

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