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Breaking down the wall between us and our readers

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Commentary. Over 2,000 people donated to our 'io rompo' campaign, challenging head on the government's desire to cripple independent media in Italy. After 50 years of il manifesto, we're primed for 50 more.

written by Matteo Bartocci

Topic Italy


January 24, 2020

The “io rompo” campaign was one of the toughest I’ve ever been involved in. Not that we’re not fans of impossible missions here at il manifesto, but a year ago, when we found ourselves suddenly under threat of extreme cuts planned by Vito Crimi to the pluralism fund (we literally found out on Dec. 30, 2018, about the cuts that were supposed to take effect on New Year’s Eve), there was a real danger of losing hope.

We had to sound the alarm — the freedom of information was at stake — and at the same time rally our audience together to pursue a convincing political objective, something different from the ones that are usually thrown around.

There was no time for lamenting our fate, but the danger was a real deadly threat for us (and still is, because the cuts have not been called off, only postponed for some months). In short, we wanted to show a possible path forward for us from a publishing perspective, which would be authentically “in the il........

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