Fury over Italy paper's 'Islamic bastards' splash

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An Italian journalist has reported the national newspaper, Libero, to police over its 'Islamic bastards' headline on Saturday. Photo: Searchenginepeopleblog/Flickr
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An Italian national newspaper, Libero, has been accused of inciting racial hatred for publishing a front page headline reading 'Islamic bastards' after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night.

The headline was splashed on the front page on Saturday morning, leading the newspaper's coverage of the attacks in which at least 129 people, including one Italian, were killed.

Tomaso Notarianni, editor of the online paper PeaceReporter, reported the photo to police after seeing the headline, which he said was "criminal and dangerous".

"There are laws that regulate the freedom of the press in Italy and they determine limits on inciting hatred," Notarianni told Il Fatto Quotidiano.

"As far as I'm concerned he has committed a crime - now a judge can decide."

When contacted by The Local, Libero confirmed that Belpietro was still the editor of the paper but made no further comment about the headline.

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It is not clear from Italian reports if police are going to pursue the case, but if they do Belpietro faces fines of up to €5,000 under article 403 of the Italian criminal code.

Libero has been published since 2000 and had a daily circulation of 104,109 in 2014.

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