Italy is preparing a law which provides fines and imprisonment for distributors of incorrect and the exaggerated news and harsh remarks.
The project envisages € 5000 fine for the authors of fake allegations as well as those who have them published.
The measure applies only to the Internet publications, as the national print media of the Apennines already are carrying legally liability for publicatio of false allegations.
In the case of news or information, causing panic or anxiety among the audience one year in prison is predicted. Punishment will also be implemented on publications which are highly biased and still made intimations in someone's interest. The fine will be imposed if the information is not deleted until 24 hours after being challenged.
For insulting publications against any person or material that undermines democratic foundations, the penalties will be doubled by a fine of € 10,000 and two years in prison.
The draft also received some criticism, the main argument of its opponents is that Internet has been always “misinformation and foot wrappings”.
The Italian initiative against the dissemination of fake news is comes after other European countries have taken similar steps. The topic with false information became particularly intense discussed following the last presidential campaign in the USA.