A crucial part of IPA's mission is to inform member associations and the wider global publishing community about breaking developments which will impact publishers. We do this through a number of channels. the IPA website, our monthly e-newsletter, press releases and the IPA's dedicated social media feeds.

The International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Associazione Italiana Editori (Italian Publishers Association, AIE) has welcomed news that the case against the two 'Vatileaks 2' writers had collapsed, but condemned the Vatican's attempt to intimidate the journalists into silence.

On Thursday afternoon (7 July), a Vatican court acquitted Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, who both published exposés on endemic corruption and financial misconduct in the Holy See, after the judges ruled they did not have the authority to examine their cases.

Two other defendants, communications consultant Francesca Chaouqui and Spanish prelate Angel Vallejo Balda, respectively received an 18-month jail sentence and a 10-month suspended sentence, while Balda's assistant, Nicola Maio, was also acquitted.

However, the IPA and AIE firmly believe Nuzzi and Fittipaldi should never have been put on trial. They were professional journalists working in the public interest, and at no time did their work put Vatican State security in jeopardy. In addition, the prosecutors made no distinction between the writers and the other defendants, even though Chaoqui, Balda and Maio were Vatican employees.

"A shameful indictment of the Vatican's priorities"
                              IPA President, Richard Charkin

IPA President Richard Charkin said: 'We are of course delighted that common sense has prevailed and Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi have been acquitted. However, the intimidation of these journalists—instead of tackling the sleaze they have courageously exposed—is a shameful indictment of the Vatican's priorities. Professional, investigative journalists uncover truth in the public interest; they perform an essential public service by holding authority to account, and they therefore deserve legal protection. At no time did they pose a demonstrable risk to state security, so it is absolutely right that this case was thrown out.'

"We reaffirm our strong belief in the freedom to publish and freedoms of opinion and expression."
AIE President, Federico Motta

President of the AIE, Federico Motta, said: 'As publishers we are satisfied with the acquittal decision. We reaffirm our strong belief in the fundamental principles of freedom to publish and the freedoms of opinion and expression.'

"An absurd court case that saw two journalists accused of no more than doing their job"
Gianluigi Nuzzi's publisher, Lorenzo Fazio

Publisher Lorenzo Fazio, vice president and editorial director of Chiarelettere, which published Nuzzi's book Via Crucis (English: Merchants in the Temple) said: 'The acquittal of Nuzzi and Fittipaldi is a great victory for press freedom. It followed an absurd court case that saw two journalists accused of no more than doing their job. It is with relief that I, as a publisher, welcome this judgement, which encourages and comforts all those who are fighting for a free press and against the degeneracies of any power, including that of the Church.'

Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

Blog

Michiel Kolman
20 May 2020
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion in the publishing industry is not only relevant for the workforce in our industry (see my previous blog on key surveys measuring exactly that), but also for what we publish. Important questions that arise are ...
Michiel Kolman
24 April 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
It has been impressive to see how fast our industry has responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19. While many publishers are busy trying to keep their businesses running, it would be easy to dismiss diversity and inclusion (D&I) as just a...
Ben Steward
23 April 2020
Publishing industry
Two weeks into the COVID-19 (née coronavirus) pandemic and its attendant doldrums, I noticed some A-list singers were performing via Instagram from the discomfort of their homes. Chris Martin and John Legend were among the first to sign up to the&nbs...
Michiel Kolman
31 March 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

Close scrutiny showed a more complex but also more positive answer for both the UK and US.

Michiel Kolman
30 January 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
As we start a new decade, the subject of diversity remains firmly on the radar for most businesses and industries in 2020. This is also true for our own publishing industry as we continue to see how issues around diversity and inclusion, such as wome...
Michiel Kolman
18 December 2019
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

IPA D&I envoy, Michiel Kolman interviews Elsevier’s Simon Holt and Springer Nature’s Kirsty Bone about their experiences of having a disability and working in the publishing industry. This is a long but fascinating read.

Hugo Setzer
07 November 2019
Publishing industry

October and the first days of November were again very busy, with visits to four different countries and three book fairs in the course of three weeks.

James Taylor
25 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry

SCCR 39 concluded this evening with an agreement found on how to keep the Exceptions and Limitations discussion moving forward and the other agenda items wrapped up and a possible new issue raised in the chamber.

Press Releases campaign 2020

 

Press Releases campaign 2019

 

Press Releases campaign 2018

 

Newsletters campaigns 2020

 

Newsletters campaigns 2019

 

Newsletters campaigns 2018

 

International Publishers Association

23, avenue de France
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 704 18 20
info@internationalpublishers.org

Subscribe to our newsletter