Posted by: euromediablog | October 5, 2009

Press Freedom Demonstration in Rome against Berlusconi

Complaining about the lack of press freedom in Italy has gradually developed into a leisure activity for many of its citizens. On Saturday this tendency took  particular form as thousands of people gathered together in the centre of Rome. They protested against the disturbing concentration procedures in the Italian media landscape and their reflection on the the political arena of the mediterranean country, all of which can be named by a common denominator: the local hero and villain Silvio Berlusconi.

According to the organisers, 300 000 citizens attended the Anti-Berlusconi demonstration, according to the police – 60 000. Whatever the number- this act is expected to put Italy’s prime minister under pressure and question the democratic legitimacy of his regime. Recently, Freedom House  downgraded Italy to the “partly free” category in its annual survey this year and placed it 73rd out of 195 counties. Media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders went even further by  categorizing the press in Italy is the least free in the European Union.

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