Italian journalists have protested across the country against insults from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement.
Journalists gathered in piazzas in regional capitals Tuesday to protest statements by 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and another prominent official labeling journalists “prostitutes,” ‘‘jackals” and “intellectually and morally corrupt.”
Protesters called the attacks a risk to democracy and said they aimed to sound the alarm over “a political philosophy that is emerging around the globe,” scapegoating journalists.
The 5-Stars platform has aimed to further reduce state support of media. But the direct attacks on the journalists heated up after Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi was acquitted of a corruption charge that also risked the reputation of the 5-Star Movement, with officials lashing out at months of media coverage.