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The hard wall of reality

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Commentary. There was good news for Radio Radicale on Thursday as parliament voted to secure its funding to remain open. But the Five Star Movement is intent to force il manifesto and other newspapers out of business.

written by Norma Rangeri

Topic Italy


June 15, 2019

Di Maio and his Five Star Movement, along with all their political acolytes, have brandished their fury against cooperative and nonprofit media outlets, and against Radio Radicale, without a trace of shame or self-restraint. They’re always ready to compromise on any political issue, but inflexible when it comes to attacking information and newspapers—on this they’re willing to challenge their government partners.

That’s what happened Thursday after the Lega voted in favor of Radio Radicale, which, according to vice-prime minister Di Maio, was a “very serious” issue. He puffed up his chest and insisted that “they will answer for that.”

The M5S leaders, who used to say that the Italian Constitution was the best in the world when they were up against Renzi’s reforms, have now become militant deniers of a right that is constitutionally guaranteed. They are the exponents of a certain ideological furor for the free market of information, which finds its match in the profound and congenital cultural backwardness of the “country of Everyman.”

This mentality is mired deeply in conflicts of interest (since the M5S relies for its communications on a........

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