Grillo wants journalists banned from using anonymous sources

M5S leader says reports must say where news comes from

(ANSA) - Rome, June 24 - Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), said Tuesday that Italian journalists should be banned from citing anonymous sources.
    The call is part of a long campaign by comedian-turned-politician Grillo against Italian journalists, who he says are biased in favour of the traditional parties.
    Grillo described the use of anonymous sources as a "congenital malformation" of Italian journalism on his popular blog, which gave life to the Internet-based M5S in 2009.
    He called for a law that obliged journalists to name all sources in their stories.
    "If this is not the case, the crime of defamation should automatically kick in," said Grillo, whose movement captured a quarter of the vote in last year's inconclusive general election.


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