There have also been Almerigo Glilz (1987), Guido Puletti (1993), Marco Luchetta (1994), Alessandro Ota (1994), Dario D’Angelo (1994), Ilaria Alpi (1994), Miran Hrovatin (1994), Gabriel Gruener (1999), Antonio Russo (2000), Maria Grazia Cutuli (2001), Raffaele Ciriello (2002), Enzo Baldoni (2004), Vittorio Arrigoni (2011), Andrea Rocchelli (2014), and Simone Camilli (2014).
Thus, from 1960 until today, 28 Italian reporters lost their lives because of trying to do their job freely. They did not die because of accidents, but because someone decided that they couldn't say what they knew, what they saw, what they understood.
We have done too little to spread the news.
These stories, in their whole, are a powerful instrument. They are a big symbol for freedom of the press all over the world, a historical heritage that society must preserve for the knowledge of future generations. It would not be wise to forget these moral and professional examples. It would not be wise to ignore the lesson that came from these journalists who highlighted the sins and flaws of power, and were killed in the process.
We must prevent the memory of facts from being forgotten and we must try to remember these facts collectively.
For these reasons, Ossigeno came up with the wall panel in memory of these names and faces, reunited under the following slogan:
They sought the truth. 28 names, one common history.”
Ossigeno has made the wall panel available for free to all public and private institutions - schools, newspapers and free press associations in particular - and asked them to show it in their offices and public buildings. By doing so, we hope to foster debate about this issue.
Copies of this memorial panel were given to the President of the Italy, the President of the Senate, the Italian National Press Association, the Italian Order of Journalists, 20 different schools, and a number of city mayors. More will be delivered in the next months.