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ITALIAN TV CHIEFS QUIT OVER CHILD PORN REPORT

Top Italian television executives resigned Thursday after state television aired graphic images in a prime-time news report on child pornography. The broadcasts, seen by nearly 11 million people, shocked Italy and ignited a political firestorm.

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano criticized television for worshiping a "cult" of sensational images and said the broadcasts had "violated Italian families" in the guise of news.

The case hit the news a day earlier, when police said they had broken up an online international child pornography ring, arrested eight Italians and three Russians and seized thousands of videos and photographs.

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