Following complaints of defamation by four people - two of them journalists - blogger Robert Mancini
has been ordered to pay $16,900 in fines and damages by an Italian court.
Launched in 2005 as a means to uncover government corruption in the Valle d'Aosta region of northern Italy, Mancini is seemingly "being punished for his bad language and not because he posted false information," said press watchdog Reporters Without Borders
in an official statement
dated June 20. And that, they added, "is unacceptable."
The author is also being held responsible for comments posted by his readers, "a decision which goes against European legal jurisprudence."
Seems to go against the open nature of the blogosphere, too, no?