A video of a Ukrainian lady being raped by a migrant in an Italian city that was shared by far-right politician Giorgia Meloni, who is in the lead for the position of Italy’s next prime minister, was taken down by Twitter on Tuesday.
Late on Sunday, Meloni tweeted the hazy footage that had previously been posted on a newspaper website, stating that she was unable to remain silent in the face of “this horrible event of sexual abuse.”
Political foes of Meloni and proponents of human rights accused her of contributing to the victim’s suffering by publishing the video without getting the victim’s permission, and the post was roundly criticised by them.
The post was taken down on Tuesday morning and was replaced with a Twitter comment. The Twitter Rules were broken with this Tweet.
Meloni was non-responsive right away.
The video was released, according to Meloni, “to express solidarity with the victim, to condemn what happened, and certainly to demand justice,” she wrote on Twitter on Monday.
According to local authorities in the northern city of Piacenza, an asylum seeker from Guinea attacked a 55-year-old Ukrainian woman on a sidewalk early on Sunday. The individual was jailed while the inquiry went on, according to the police, who also confirmed his detention.
Someone who lived in an unit with a street view recorded the occurrence. The victim’s identity was rendered difficult by the blurry photos that were afterwards uploaded online, but her cries could be plainly heard on the audio.
The video’s dissemination was stated to be under investigation, according to Italian officials.
Piacenza prosecutor Grazia Pradella stated that “the diffusion in the media of films documenting the criminal episode is being thoroughly probed.”
The government agency in charge of monitoring the safety of personal information stated that it was also looking into “potential liabilities on the side of the persons who, for various reasons and for different purposes, have (uploaded) it.”
Prior to a national election on September 25, Meloni and her rightist allies are projected to win the most votes and take power. In the event that Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party wins the most seats in the legislature, she will be the first female prime minister of Italy.