A great day for investigative journalism as Italian court rejects Church of Scientology case - 2019-03-26
A court in Milan has ruled that two undercover reporters supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom did not break the law when they infiltrated the Church of Scientology in Italy for the purpose of making a television documentary.
The presiding judge dismissed the civil suit brought by the Church of Scientology against the reporters and ordered that the church pay legal and court fees to them.
Giuseppe Borello and Andrea Sceresini are independent journalists working in Italy. In 2017, they produced an investigative TV report on the activities of Scientology in Italy, also using undercover techniques. The Church of Scientology in Italy has filed a lawsuit against the journalists claiming: housebreaking, unauthorised recording, violation of non-disclosure agreement) and violation of privacy.