ROME (Reuters) – The German captain of a migrant rescue ship will ask magistrates to block Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s social media accounts because he has used them to spread hate, her lawyer said on Thursday.
Carola Rackete, 31, is under investigation for bringing migrants to shore in defiance of the Italian authorities and has faced a barrage of criticism from Salvini, who has denounced her as a “pirate” and “outlaw” on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Lawyer - Alessandro - Gamberini - Reuters - Defamation
Looking to fight back, her lawyer Alessandro Gamberini told Reuters that she would deposit a defamation suit on Friday against Salvini, who also serves as deputy prime minister and is head of the anti-migrant League party.
“When it comes to offensive, defamatory and hate-provoking statements like those of the minister, the only way that the judge can stop it is by blocking the accounts,” Gamberini said.
Rackete - Location - Sicily - Threats - Death
Rackete is in hiding in an undisclosed location in Sicily and has said she has faced threats of death and violence on social media after she brought her German-flagged Sea-Watch 3 charity ship into the port of Lampedusa last month.
Salvini, who has promised to expel Rackete from Italy, dismissed the threat to be blocked from key social media.
Communist - One - Police - Patrol - Boat
“The German communist, the one who rammed the police patrol boat, has asked the prosecutor to close my Facebook and Twitter pages. There is no limit to...
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