Freedom of Press protest

Today in Rome, people will take the streets, protesting because freedom of press is in danger in Italy. As imaginable, every media in our country is hotly debating if we have or we don’t have freedom of press – and I find difficult to take sides.

  • If we had a regime, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to read articles and watch shows that are directly critical of the current parliamentary majority
  • If we didn’t have a regime, you would have expected that a newsworthy interview like the one to the prostitute who allegedly spent a night with mr. Berlusconi would have aired on italian TV a little before having appeared on many other foreign TVs, if nothing else, out of the almost 30% share it got
  • If we had a regime, I would probably not be able to write this
  • If we didn’t have a regime, why would international observers classify Italy so low in the Freedom of Press rankings?
  • If we had a regime, there is a lot of things we would learn only from foreign media or the Internet, but I am not sure that’s the case
  • If we didn’t have a regime, how comes so many (but not all) TV show hosts that are not “in line” see their shows canceled for no good reason?

Oh no, not another “grey instead of black and white” issue! Maybe Baudelaire was right, after all:

“La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas”

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