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Saviano security detail will be assessed - Salvini (3)

Writer says deputy premier is 'minister of the underworld'

Saviano security detail will be assessed - Salvini (3)

Rome, June 21 - Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday that Roberto Saviano's security detail will be assessed, while stressing that he will not decide whether the anti-mafia writer's protection is kept or not. "The competent institutions will evaluate whether he runs any risks, in part because it seems to me that he spends a lot of time abroad," Salvini told State broadcaster RAI. "They will evaluate how the money of the Italian people is spent". Saviano has been in round-the-clock police protection since his ground-breaking book Gomorra (Gomorrah) lifted the lid on the Neapolitan Camorra in 2006. The book was adapted to a successful film adaptation and spawned a hit TV series. Saviano is a highly vocal critic of Salvini, especially of his hard-line stance on migrants. The writer accused Salvini of being the "minister of the underworld" later on Thursday. "Italy is the Western country with the highest number of journalists under security escort because it has the world's most powerful criminal organizations," Saviano said via Twitter. "But Matteo Salvini, the interior minister, instead of fighting the mafias, threatens to silence those who report on it. #MinistrodellaMalavita (#MinisteroftheUnderworld).

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