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Offensive article on municipality website

Deciding Body type:
National Court/Tribunal
Deciding Body:
Tribunal of Milan, First Civil Section
Type:
Decision
Decision date:
21/04/2011

Key facts of the case:

In a quarterly publication of the municipality of Gerenzano, the town counsellor for security wrote that the administration in which he served, had not invested in new public housing to avoid the risk of foreigners benefiting from similar investment before local people. He stated further that unlike other neighbouring towns, the municipality had never authorised any ‘camp for nomads’ or the construction of an Islamic cultural centre or place of worship. After stating that the municipality had and will continue to do its part, the article concluded by inviting residents not to sell or rent houses to third-country nationals if they loved Gerenzano. Otherwise, he said, the town will be invaded by foreigners and residents will begin to fear for their homes.

Results (sanctions) and key consequences or implications of the case:

The removal of the article from the municipality’s website.