After inquiring into the tragic death of Giulio Regeni and in response to many allegations, it is time for il manifesto to clarify some misunderstandings, out of respect for Regeni and his family, and also for our readers.
We also seek to clarify our deep convictions regarding this heinous crime. For changing news and disconcerting truths, the circumstances of Regeni’s painful murder are likely to invite many contradictions.
We have been accused of many things. Of not immediately publishing the co-authored article sent to us, under a pseudonym. Others have called us “jackals” for publishing it after Regeni’s death. Others have alleged that we haven’t been clear about his status as a contributor. And finally, we’ve been criticized for not paying our contributors.
1) First we want to say right away that, after careful review, we established that Regeni proposed to write only one article for us together with another colleague under a pseudonym.
We misunderstood and believed that he had also written two previous contributions under a pseudonym because of the same subject (the unions), which underlined for us concern for Regeni’s well being.
We apologize for this misunderstanding to the readers, to his family and to the lawyer Alessandra Ballerini.
2) The article on unions which Regeni had written was awaiting publication, and had not yet been published because of usual delays inherent to the newsroom work and in light of the Jan. 25 anniversary of the protests in Tahrir Square. We could not publish it immediately, and Regeni and his co-author then offered it to Nena News, where it was published.
But Regeni and his co-author were not irritated at the delay, and indeed were still motivated and proactive.
They wrote to us on Jan 12: “A little reluctantly we have decided to offer the piece to another online outlet, otherwise the occasion will pass. However, we remain very happy to supply future collaborations on Egypt. For us it is a pleasure to be able to publish with il manifesto. Thank you for your consideration, see you soon. ”