Giuseppe Maniaci

Giuseppe Maniaci

By peh4, 28 April 2014

Giuseppe “Pino” Maniaci runs Telejato, a small “anti-mafia TV station,” from an apartment in Partinico, a suburb of the Sicilian capital of Palermo. A former building contractor, he was prosecuted in 2009 on a charge of working illegally as a journalist, and won the case by invoking the constitutional right to freely express his opinions. He has been sued hundreds of times and repeatedly threatened, and was once beaten up by a mafia boss’s son. Since moving his community TV station online, he broadcasts for two hours a day, covering the murders and racketeering that are a part of Sicily’s everyday life. The station’s future is assured because all of his family participate, including his daughter Letizia, who has received a young journalist’s award. “To be a journalist in Sicily, you need balls of steel, not a press card,” he says.