Italy Gagged


At 9:00pm this evening at Teatro Carcano in Milano, there値l be a discussion about the most precious good on a level with water: information. The evening has been organised by the Milan group: Friends of Beppe Grillo. I値l be there and I値l bring Travaglio whose job it is to be informed about information.

I would like this Government to have, I don稚 say the balls but even just a few spermatozoa of Zapatero and that it would clean out the current radio and TV system where the ones in control are the parties, Publitalia and the big companies.

At least one channel without advertising, without party representation, independent, that talks to citizens about true information, about culture, without censorship. But have you looked at the faces of the directors of the RAI channels?

Is it possible that the English have got the BBC and we致e got the voice of our masters?
Let Prodi and the twins GentiloniRutelli move. A bit of virility. A slight sense of modesty.

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Posted by: government | June 27, 2006 06:17 AM

Just one stupid question: who will pay people working at the channel that has no advertizing on it?

Posted by: Spanish translator | June 26, 2006 03:35 PM

when are we going to have an European tv
with programms in original version and subtitled
in the different languages?
is it too complicated?
why our politicians don't want that we watch
tv from other countries?
We have one currency but I don't know what the hell is doing my European neighbour, just the around the corner.
I want to watch English documentaries, news from Sweden, Spanish or French movies....
I want to improve my English, or my Spanish, or my French and want to understand my Slovenian neighbours...
no, they want us separated, they don't want us to know how it works on the other side of the mountains or across the mediterrenean!
they wanted the Eur to make few people very rich but they don't want us to become european or citizens of the world...
With a Europe like that, there is no European future!
Prodi, please, do something, show you are really different from your bloody predecessor...

Posted by: Paolo Antonio Lovi | June 9, 2006 04:40 PM

Prectically, when a recepy is known, anybody can do the same dish but before to do like the BBC we need to change mentalities. Paparazzi born in Italy but grown everywhere and recently the german chancelor little ass was shown in England newspapers first not in Italy.
With this, I mean that is more easy to grow paparazzi mentality than to do the contrary and it will be like that for ever. Unfortunately.

Posted by: blisco jaio | June 9, 2006 11:22 AM

dear beppe,I told you and I will repeated do not wait for the government to fix the tv,start your own, have you seen the movie "wayne world",they started small,only one cannel,but one cannel can become a big,an idea you could have only sponsor that use good ethics in their busisness,like they help the enviroment, or at list they do not polluted the enviroment, ect.ect.

Posted by: eva kulnura | June 9, 2006 07:55 AM

Why isn't Sabina Guzzanti in this program? She was one of the most famous victims of Italian media censorship and she made a wonderful documentary, "Viva Zapatero," about the cancellation of her satirical show "RAIot." The film demonstrates that although Berlusconi and his allies on the Right truly are fascists when it comes to free speech, the Center-Left permitted and benefited from the politicization of so-called public media. I heard Guzzanti speak in New York after a screening of her film and she was great, and very outspoken about how the Center-Left has allowed the problem of political interference to persist.

I tend to agree with Noel about the BBC. But John is correct to say that whatever its failings it's infinitely superior to Italian TV, which is unspeakably bad, with mindless garbage passing for entertainment and Right-tilting news and commentary.

Posted by: George De Stefano | June 8, 2006 09:19 PM

In a superb piece in the Guardian on Feb. 24, Victoria Brittain asked: "How can it be that not one mainstream public figure in Europe has denounced [Bush's systematic torture regime]?" She points out that The Torture Papers .
"rift" caused by the "issue" of gay marriage. Compare that with the "issue" of the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent people, about which not a word is heard from those who claim moral courage as a deity. .. Dr. Salam Ismael, who took aid to Fallujah in January. He describes the ordeal of a 17-year-old girl, Hudda Fawzi. Her father opened the door to U.S. Marines who shot him and a friend dead, then shot her elder sister, having beaten her senseless, then destroyed the family's furniture. Wounded people were dragged from their homes and run over by tanks; a clinic was destroyed by missiles. "It became clear to us," Ismael wrote, "that we were witnessing the aftermath of a massacre, the cold-blooded butchery of helpless and defenseless civilians."

.. that the Blair government has refused Ismael fresh permission to visit and speak out in Britain. His testimony, known and fearedU.S. command agreed that it may well have slaughtered as many as 600 people in Fallujah. When a listener asked Judy Swallow, presenter of the BBC World Service Newshour program, why the BBC continued to suppress this truth, Swallow sent this e-mail to a colleague: "Oh God, Mike do you take care of these sorts of things, or do we ignore them?" On the BBC Web site, she describes Newshour as "exposing injustice and challenging lies." The silence is almost never broken by those paid to "expose injustice and challenge lies," let alone set the record straight.

We have our very own fake journalists in the UK. The government pays for their wages and they provide news as if they were normal journalists rather than paid propagandists.

Berlusconi gov. refused Dr Ismael permission to visit Italia

Posted by: Marcia Visanji | June 8, 2006 08:58 PM

I can't agree with Noel here. The BBC is not great, but in my time in Italy, I found its mainstream media is appallingly biased, and inert where not biased, compared to the UK. The kind of investigative undercover programs in the UK (weaker as they are now) just do not exist in Italy, and maybe never have. At least the BBC tried to get to the bottom of the WMD story before being brow-beaten by the Blair and his junta of Murdoch/Fascist press. The kind of villification that happens to politicians in the UK in comedy shows just cannot happen in Italy, eg. RAIot in Italy banned after one show, and respected journalists are bannished in the whim of a nutter like Berlusconi. Sorry Noel, no contest; Italy needs a major opening/freeing up of its media, and quick!


Posted by: John | June 8, 2006 04:44 PM

Caro Beppe,

The BBC *is* the master's voice and despite a veneer of impartiality, it generally promotes and propagates the official version of events. In a sense this pseudo-impartiality is even more dangerous than the more overt partiality of italian TV stations. There is a general problem with the mainstream media the world over, and not just in Italy.

Traditional investigative journalism has been thrown to the dogs and has been replaced with at best a non-questioning recycling of official statements and at worst a combination of sycophantic fawning and aggressive attacks on competing viewpoints.

To say that a change is badly needed is correct, but the change needs to happen throughout the western world and not just in Italy.

Posted by: Noel Cosgrave | June 8, 2006 02:31 PM

Dear Beppe,
I think that, Italians do not want to change.
Why? You only need to look at the last General Election, in which, Antonio Di Pietro had only 2.5% of the Votes.
Berlusconi and Prodi already failed in past Goverments.

We desperately need New Faces. It is, always the same people Governing Italy.

Globalization will soon force us out of Global Economy. We will pay a high price for our choises of, not to change.


Posted by: Ivan Bettelli | June 8, 2006 01:37 PM

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