Only newspapers close to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hit Italy’s newsstands today as journalists strike over government plans to curb the use of wiretaps.
If the bill passes, journalists will be fined and even imprisoned for publishing transcripts of such recordings.
Many radio and television stations shut down, leaving earlier bulletins on repeated play.
The media accuses the Italian premier of wanting to protect himself and his allies.
Roberto Natale, president of the Italian National Press federation, said the proposals were designed to “shut us up.”
The law would also severely restrict the media’s ability to report criminal trials in detail.
The Senate has already approved the draft bill, prompting a mass protest by journalists last week.
Lawmakers in Italy’s lower house of parliament will vote on July 29th.