Italian journalists respond with fury to M5S’s ‘whores’ insult

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Freedom of the press is under attack, claims union behind protests

Italian press unions have called on journalists to join protests after leaders of the Five Star Movement (M5S) branded those working in the profession as “jackals” and “whores”.

The anti-establishment party, which is ruling in coalition with the far-right League, also renewed threats to cut funding for publishers and introduce new conflict-of-interest laws as relations with the media hit a new low after the mayor of Rome was acquitted for cronyism on Saturday.

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