Former President Napolitano donates defamation trial proceeds to Shoah Museum

Former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has donated the 30.000€ compensation he was awarded on a defamation case against journalist Alessandro Salussi to the Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara (MEIS).

A civil court in Rome declared that Sallusti had “repeatedly referred to Napolitano on different articles using suggestive, allusive and insinuating expressions to terms such as plots, coups, conspiracies and high treason which translated into personal attacks on the dignity of the former Head of State, which constituted defamation.”

MEIS President Dario Disegni and Director Amedeo Spagnoletto expressed their gratitude to the former President, stating that Napolitano “recognised the role of the MEIS as a place of testimony and dissemination of the historical Jewish presence in Italy, the memory of racial persecutions and the Shoah, as well as the promotion of dialogue and civil coexistence between different cultures, religions and traditions.”

“We feel even stronger and more solid the sense of responsibility for the mission that the Italian state has entrusted to MEIS, which tells the story of each of us and celebrates the richness of diversity and dialogue,” they added.

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