In February, President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi pardoned Lino Jannuzzi, the 77-year-old former editor-in-chief of the Naples daily Il Giornale di Napoli. Jannuzzi was facing a 29-month prison sentence for criminal libel, stemming from articles published between 1987 and 1993 that criticized judicial authorities investigating organized crime, according to press reports.

Six police officers searched the Milan headquarters of Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading national daily, looking for documents that the paper had used in a report on Iraqi militants' use of Italian-made semiautomatic Beretta pistols. Raffaele Fiengo, an editor at Corriere della Sera, told CPJ that the search was conducted after the newspaper refused to disclose its sources to authorities.

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