Edited by András Koltay and Paul Wragg
Chapter 21: Italian defamation and privacy law from a comparative perspective
Italian law in the field of defamation has more than 2000 years of history moving from Roman law to modern codes. The chapter analyses the role of the Courts in shaping present-day defamation law under the influence of specific constitutional provisions protecting freedom of speech and of international charters (mostly the ECHR and the ECFR) in immunizing the media from libel claims. The chapter also analyses how there has been a significant shift from traditional criminal charges to civil actions for damages and the criteria used to liquidate the latter.
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