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Monday, October 25, 2004

Italy: Journalist sentenced for smuggling himself into reception centre

from Statewatch:

On 22 October 2004, a journalist was handed a 15-day prison sentence (converted into a 570-Euro fine) by a court in Agrigento (Sicily) for having smuggled himself into an immigrant reception centre in Italy, on the island of Lampedusa. On 23 June 2003, Francesco Viviano gave false personal details to the police and pretended to be an Afghan to be able to enter the centre.
Viviano's report was published in the Italian daily La Repubblica on 24 June 2003, and describes the preliminary procedures adopted at the time of admission into the centre, which included being made to strip naked in front of carabinieri (paramilitary police officers) and being made fun of and insulted by officers assuming that the migrants don't understand what they are saying.

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