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Have you ever heard about public funding (using our money) of publishing?

We're talking about the financing of newspapers and magazines, some of which have incredible names like: "Il campanile nuovo" (The new bell-tower) or "Il mucchio selvaggio" (The wild bunch).

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Figures for funding for 2003 have been released. To cite a few: "La Padania”: 4 million euro; “L’Unità”: 6.8 million euro; “Il Foglio”:3.5 million euro Opinioni Nuove – Libero Quotidiano”: 5.3 million euro; “Avvenire”: 5.9 million euro; “Il Manifesto”: 4.4 million euro; “Sportsman – Cavalli e Corse”: 2.5 million euro.

There’s a whole bunch of varieties of newspapers and magazines that can get access to this funding:
- publications of political movements
- newspapers edited by co-operatives that have been publications of political movements
- newspapers and periodicals published by co-operatives of journalists
- periodicals of moral entities (charities)
- etc. etc.

The finance law 2006 23/12/2005 n.266 is continuing this funding even for 2006.
I don’t agree with this law.

A newspaper should be paid for at the newsagent’s not through taxation.

The directors of newspapers must not be employees of our employees (the ones that called themselves politicians)
Let’s put a stop to “assisted” information.
Anyone can be a publisher using the money from Italian taxpayers.

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2 Carlo Ungarelli: A also live in the UK, and I am not too sure about the Socialist Worker paper becoming "the paper of the anti-war and the anticapitalist movements". In all the marches I have been, I only ever seen a handful of SWP activists reading it.

2 George De Stefano: I totally agree with you. I just love the variety of newspapers they have in Italy, compared to the UK, where a handful of media magnates runs the whole show.

Historically, UK governments have always controlled the press indirectly, with taxes and financial regulations, thus cutting out small non-conformist publishers. It looks like the Italian government has taken the opposite approach - sounds good to me!

Posted by: fritz from london | May 26, 2006 11:49 AM


2 Carlo Ungarelli: A also live in the UK, and I am not too sure about the Socialist Worker paper becoming "the paper of the anti-war and the anticapitalist movements". In all the marches I have been, I only ever seen a handful of SWP activists reading it.

2 George De Stefano: I totally agree with you. I just love the variety of newspapers they have in Italy, compared to the UK, where a handful of media magnates runs the whole show.

Historically, UK governments have always controlled the press indirectly, with taxes and financial regulations, thus cutting out small non-conformist publishers. It looks like the Italian government has taken the opposite approach - sounds good to me!

Posted by: fritz from london | May 26, 2006 11:48 AM


An interesting thing to know about newspapers profits I found it in another blog http://fuoridalcoro.blogspot.com
The translation has been done by the blogger.
I put here the italian version, cause in Italian is already closed:
Tra gli editoriali del numero del 2 dicembre, Internazionale ha riportato questo breve ma efficacissimo ragionamento di William Falk, del >The Week. Letto e sottoscritto.
Ogni mattina metto su il caffè ed esco di casa per prendere due quotidiani. Anche se leggo i giornali da quando avevo dieci anni, ogni volta che li apro provo ancora un brivido di piacevole aspettativa. La generazione dei miei figli, invece, non ha l’abitudine del quotidiano e forse non l’avrà mai.

Internet continua a sottrarre lettori e spazi pubblicitari mentre il numero delle persone che leggono i giornali continua a diminuire. Il secondo gruppo editoriale statunitense, Knight Riddler, è stato messo in vendita e forse non troverà un acquirente. E’ l’inizio della fine dei quotidiani?

Se la fine arriverà, la causa del decesso non sarà internet. Sarà un suicidio. I quotidiani continuano a fare soldi a palate: il margine di profitto del settore è mediamente del 20%, in confronto al 7% delle società petrolifere e al 6% delle prime 500 aziende ei Fortune. Il punto è che i giganti editoriali che pubblicano quotidiani hanno reagito alle nuove sfide della concorrenza nel modo più stupido possibile: tagliando sulla qualità.

Stanno eliminando redazioni estere, reporter investigativi e redattori esperti; le pagine sono piene di riempitivi superficiali e di servizi insulsi. Il reportage ambizioso e lo stile tagliente scompaiono. Quotidiani un tempo magnifici sono diventati piatti e generici e continuano a perdere autorevolezza. Gli amministratori, che pensano solo a far contenta Wall Street, a ridurre i costi e ad aumentare i profitti, reagiscono sgomenti quando si accorgono che le tirature continuano a calare.

Volete sapere una cosa? La gente smette di comprare i giornali solo quando non ci trova più niente di nuovo e interessante.

Posted by: sommarti jaio | January 22, 2006 06:19 PM


Mister George
I'm glad you are qualified about U.S. media and I do think that what you say about them it's definitively true, I also agree that "love it or leave it" is a kind of puerile but simply as much as puerile can be:
"I love the idea of l'Unita and Il Manifesto receiving public money. But then of course I also must accept the fact that subsidies also will go to, uffa, i giornali della destra..."

Regards

Posted by: Fabio | January 19, 2006 05:45 PM


Signor Fabio,
I need no lectures from you about the American media. I've worked in it for many years and know far more about it than you ever will. We don't need explicit government censorship here because the power of money, and the political connections it buys, quite effectively ensures that the media "manufacture consent" to the ruling order, as Noam Chomsky well put it. The "reporting" of Judith Miller on Iraq in the Times offers just one example of how the corporate media collude with government. Until very recently, virtually the entire "mainstream media" was complicit with Bush and his agenda.

And though your suggestion that I try Belarus or the Ukraine is puerile, "love it or leave it" nonsense, perhaps it's worth considering nonetheless. In those countries journalists actually might take freedom of the press seriously enough to fight for it.

Posted by: George De Stefano | January 18, 2006 12:10 AM



But if Silvio B. is a dwarf who can be (miss) Snow White? maybe Lapo Elkann??

Posted by: Fabio | January 16, 2006 04:21 PM


Silvio B. is our Prime Minister, also known as : The Dwarf!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | January 16, 2006 01:21 PM


Dear Ulrico Bovo if you can't even understand that this section is supposed to be in English why should we believe you can claim "Beppe, ogni tanto prendi degli svarioni"? and then who the fuck is "Sivlio B."?

And mr.George De Stefano...you love public money to your beloved "Il manifesto" and "L'unità" and not for the others (interesting...), you are against U.S. media (I wonder how much you really know them); why don't you move to Ukraine or Belarus? a new world of YOUR freedom is waiting for you (good luck)

Posted by: Fabio | January 16, 2006 11:11 AM


I agree with Beppe viewpoint. I lived for 6 years in
UK, and I was directly involved with the anti-war
and the anticapitalist movement as a member of the
Socialist Worker Party. The paper Socialist Worker
became the paper of the anti-war and the
anticapitalist movements (it has also now a
cultural section - e.g. Dario Fo has been interviewed various times): in UK there is no public
funding for political parties, so unless backed by big businness and/or unions (as Tory, Labour and Lib Dem) you have to find the money by yourself.
Socialist Worker became so popular among various
layers of people that the yearly appeal of collecting 200000 euros to sustain the publications has been always successfull. People
working full time for Socialist Worker earn on
average 1200 euros per month - including the editor - (they are five/six and they live in London) and the editorial board
warmly accepts/encourages articles/reports by
everyone who has a story to tell (as for Italy, there were reports on the student protests and TAV) . See www.socialistworker.co.uk for more details.
Con affetto, Carlo

Posted by: Carlo Ungarelli | January 16, 2006 09:12 AM


But Beppe, this is better than in the US, where corporate advertising supports newspapers and quite often dictates or influences reporting and editorializing. Why not public funding? I love the idea of l'Unita and Il Manifesto receiving public money. But then of course I also must accept the fact that subsidies also will go to, uffa, i giornali della destra...

Posted by: George De Stefano | January 15, 2006 10:11 PM


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