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.

  • Watchman

    A tiny ray of sunshine in a bleak continent of unfree speech. Would it have been more acceptable in an English-language paper to have the headline “Islamicist Bastards” instead of the “Islamic Bastards”? We know they are the same thing but governments seem to like to maintain the fiction that we are in danger only from extreme “Islamicists” and not from any muslims.

    Of course they might still be prosecuted because of their offence to children born of unmarried mothers who wouldn’t want their factual descriptions associated with Islamicists.

    • Alain

      I wager the ruling would have been different in either the UK or Canada.

      • WalterBannon

        heil trudeau

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    If I ran that paper I’d celebrate the decision by running that headline everyday for the rest of the year.

  • Gary

    Today, I heard Warren Kinsella on 640 am try to pin the blame for the sudden attacks on jews on Trump. It looks like Wynne is going to hijack the islamophobia
    propaganda and claim to protect Muslims and Jews from the White supremacy KKK supporters that support Trump .
    Justin used islamophobia in 2015 and actually said he’d let terrorists keep our citizenship if they were immigrants or refugees that kill us .

    You have git to hear him make excuses for the jew-hating muslims in canada by alleging the antisemitism across canada is by white people that are neo nazi alt-rights

    • Starlord

      Wow, they had him on a few weeks ago spouting the same stuff. Blaming KKK, sons of Odin etc for it and totally ignoring the fact that increase islam and you get antisemitism.

      The killer was he was explaining why there weren’t enough Muslim hate crimes reported.

      Blamed the police for not following thru and reporting incidents… and Muslims not reporting them.

      No KKK or sons of Odin in France eh?

  • Starlord

    Probably. Can run
    Catholic bastards
    White bastards
    Protestant Bastards
    Whitbyale bastards…
    You get the picture

    In Canada but if that headline ran in Canada right now

    Life in prison.

  • Martin B

    At the time I thought this was one of the finest front pages I had ever seen. I still do.

  • WalterBannon

    ‘Islamic bastards’.

    so truth is still permitted as a defense in some courts?