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Björn Wiman: the case against Roberto Saviano is a weapon of war against free thinking

”Yes, I can confirm the data. I will have to face justice. I will have to face justice in order to have defined the minister of the interior as ’the lower world

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Björn Wiman: the case against Roberto Saviano is a weapon of war against free thinking

”Yes, I can confirm the data. I will have to face justice. I will have to face justice in order to have defined the minister of the interior as ’the lower world's minister’.”

So began on Wednesday, Italian writer, Roberto Saviano, an article in the newspaper La Repubblica. ”I stand firmly by my definition,” he writes on. ”I defend its validity and I go with the calm and proud conviction, to the right.”

last year, Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini from the right-wing populist party Lega launched the campaign against the dödshotade the author, inter alia, by signal to Savianos with bodyguards no longer needed. Saviano responded by including in Today's News – write about Salvinis support from the southern Italian maffiaorganisationen ’Nndranghetan and gave him the epithet ”the lower world's minister”. Salvini – a local variant of the Donald Trump – threatened to sue the author for defamation, a lawsuit which now leads to court.

Saviano, who lived what he describes as a miserable life with constant only during the last ten years, the fear is hardly a trial. He concludes his article with a death defying ointment directly targeted against Salvini: ”You have shown yourselves to be a buffoon. A coward. The only tool I have is the word and I will never leave you alone, not a single one of the lies that you have spoken or will speak.”

something more than a personal vendetta. It is part of the authoritarian högerpopulismens warfare against media and intellectuals, where the situations that recently seemed unthinkable is about to become the new normal. Recently, an EU report determined that Italy, in 2018, was Europe's most dangerous country for journalists and that freedom of the press ”clearly worsened” under the current government. The report pointed especially out the minister of the interior Salvini that he and other politicians in the social media regularly gives the expression for the hostile rhetoric against the media and journalists. ”The fight against intellectual is no news for those who lead a government in the authoritarian direction,” writes Roberto Saviano.

this is The way populism works.

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