Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Biased Italian election coverage, Radicals on hunger strike

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Rome, January 10 - Italian communications authority
Agcom on Thursday called on public broadcaster RAI and on
private outfits Mediaset, Telecom Italia Media and Sky Italy to
immediately redress biases in their reporting on the national
electoral campaign.
''There are widespread imbalances in the newscast presence
of the various political forces,'' the Agcom board made known
after monitoring coverage of the first two weeks of the
campaign.
As far as RAI is concerned, the media watchdog found its
TG3 gave not enough air time to the center-right People of
Freedom (PdL) and the centrist Union of Christian and Center
Democrats (UDC) parties, while favoring center-left Democratic
Party (PD). Both TG1 and TG3 gave outgoing Premier Mario Monti
too much coverage as a candidate, while TG1 snubbed the
centrist, populist and anti-corruption Italy of Values (IdV)
party, the center-right Future and Freedom (FLI) party, and the
regionalist Northern League, according to Agcom.
Newscasts by Mediaset, which is owned by former prime
minister and current PdL candidate Silvio Berlusconi, gave
excessive coverage to PdL and FLI forces while under-reporting
on those from Berlusconi political rivals PD, UDC and IdV.
Commercial broadcaster Telecom Italia Media favored PdL
over PD candidates, gave too much exposure to Monti as a
candidate, and not enough air time to those from IdV, FLI and
the Northern League, Agcom found. News Corp.-owned Sky satellite
TV favored Monti over IdV, FLI, the Northern League, and UDC.
Also on Thursday, Radical Party leaders said in a
communique that they will go on hunger strike beginning at
midnight on January 11 over RAI's lack of coverage of their
electoral ticket, which is called Amnesty, Justice and Freedom
and which focuses on prison reform.
''While international jurisdictions continue condemning the
Italian Republic for violating the human rights of its
residents... citizens are still being prevented from knowing the
objectives and the reasons behind Amnesty, Justice and Freedom,
which as of Christmas 2005, has gathered support from the
country's top institutional, scientific, social and religious
authorities,'' the communique said.

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