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Giuseppe Borello and Andrea Sceresini win privacy violation lawsuit filed by Scientology

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  1. Giuseppe Borello and Andrea Sceresini win privacy violation lawsuit filed by Scientology.

    https://twitter.com/ECPMF/status/1110178853610287104

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    A post dated 20 March 2018 by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) explains:

    https://www.ecpmf.eu/news/legal/ecpmf-legal-aid-in-2017-from-turkey-to-azerbaijan-and-italy

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    Giuseppe Borello and Andrea Sceresini are independent journalists working in Italy. In 2017 they produced an investigative TV report on the doings of Scientology in Italy, also using undercover techniques. Although the documentary has not yet been broadcasted, the Church of Scientology in Italy has filed a lawsuit against the journalists claiming: housebreaking, unauthorised recording, violation of non-disclosure agreement) and violation of privacy. The value of litigation is 80,000 euro. The ECPMF supported them with 1,000 euro.

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  2. ECPMF: Italy: a great day for investigative journalism as court rejects Church of Scientology case

    https://www.ecpmf.eu/news/legal/a-great-day-for-investigative-journalism-as-italian-court-rejects-church-of-scientology-case

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    A court in Milan has ruled that two undercover reporters supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom did not break the law when they infiltrated the Church of Scientology in Italy for the purpose of making a television documentary.


    The presiding judge dismissed the civil suit brought by the Church of Scientology against the reporters claiming 80,000€ in damages from Giuseppe Borello and 50,000€ from Andrea Sceresini. The court also ordered that the church pay all legal and court fees back to them.

    Giuseppe Borello and Andrea Sceresini are independent journalists working in Italy. In 2017, they produced an investigative TV report on the activities of Scientology in Italy, also using undercover techniques. The Church of Scientology in Italy has filed a lawsuit against the journalists claiming: housebreaking, unauthorised recording, violation of non-disclosure agreement, and violation of privacy.

    Their lawyers Cesare Del Moro, Ilaria Bassi and Valerio Vartolo brought the case to a successful conclusion, arguing that the reporters were justified in their actions. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom supported the journalists' case with 1,000 euros, after a brave decision by ECPMF Legal Advisor Flutura Kusari.


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