Italian newspaper editor cleared over ‘Islamic b***ards’ headline after terror attack

An Italian newspaper editor has been acquitted of wrongdoing over a headline printed after the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, which labelled the killers ‘Islamic bastards’.

Maurizio Belpietro published the headline on the front page of centre-right Italian daily Libero the morning after the attacks in which 130 people were killed, including one Italian.

A court in Milan, where the publication is based, has now acquitted the editor of insulting a religious belief, aggravated by racial hatred, under article 403 of the Italian criminal code. If found guilty, Belpietro could have faced a fine of thousands of euros.