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Dear Ms. Kroes,

As you might know, often my country tends to walk on the wrong path when it comes down to freedom of the press and information. This is really a pity since we do have the potential to do more and better.

As you might also know, Italian governments, both from the centre-left and the centre-right, have been trying in recent years on more than one occasion and in different ways to put a hold on the freedom of information over the Internet.

Just to mention the recent past, we had to witness the Levi law proposal, the D’Alia amendment and the Carlucci law proposal. All, thankfully, failed to become Italian law. But despite the bad reputation of being only a “partially free nation”, as reported by a Freedomhouse study in 2009 in which we share 79th position together with the Tonga archipelago, Italy is trying again its luck with another law proposal.

Schema di decreto legislativo “Attuazione della Direttiva 2007/65/CE del Parlamento europeo e del Consiglio dell’11 dicembre 2007, che modifica la direttiva 89/552/CEE del Consiglio relativa al coordinamento di determinate disposizioni legislative, regolamentari e amministrative degli Stati membri concernenti l’esercizio delle attività televisive” (below).

http://www.camera.it/_dati/leg16/lavori/AttiDelGoverno/pdf/0169.pdf

The political movement I do represent, ‘Libertà ed Eguaglianza’, is really concerned about the freedom of press and information in Italy. Our situation is critical and it has been critical for the past 15 years. That being said, it would be really important, as a first step, to avoid in the future political initiatives that undermine the freedom of information on the Internet. This is an incentive from us to you and your cabinet, but also gives us a reason to ask you to monitor closely the Italian situation in the press and information.

Best regards,

Manuel Santoro

National Coordinator of the Italian political movement Libertà ed Eguaglianza

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