Contact : Marco Bellezza

Geographic area served: Italy

Type of organization / entity: Private lawyer

Serves: Staff journalists, editors, media outlets; freelance journalists; civic media/bloggers; NGOs that provide legal, financial or advocacy support for journalists/media outlets, and/or journalist associations.

Type of support: Legal, advocacy

Types of legal support: Direct litigation of cases involving journalists/media outlets in domestic and/or international courts; supporting legal briefs and case law to NGOs or journalist associations; general legal advice / counsel to journalists/media outlets; pre-publication legal advice / counsel to journalists, media outlets, journalist associations; legal advocacy for specific cases and issues.

Types of cases: Defamation/libel; freedom of information cases; source protection and/or whistleblowing; disputes between journalists and media outlets over violations of professional codes of ethics.

Fee structure: “Low-bono”/low cost

Type of advocacy support: Leading or participating in public-awareness campaigns in support of a journalist/media outlet facing legal proceedings or court challenges; leading or participating in public-awareness campaigns around specific policy or regulatory issues that impact journalists’ reporting practices and rights.