Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

TV special on Berlusconi's legal woes sparks furor

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Rome, May 13 - A television special on ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's legal woes that aired on Mediaset's Canale 5
- part of the media empire controlled by the Berlusconi family -
sparked furor across social media Monday.
'The 20-Year War' was mostly panned on Twitter for failing
to nab audience share, under 10% according to ratings
measurement company Auditel, as well as for its content.
"This is why 20 years ago we left Il Giornale (owned by the
Berlusconi family) along with (the editor and founder) Indro
Montanelli. Because they would have asked us to do these
things," tweeted Beppe Severgnini, an editorialist with Italy's
largest national newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
"I swear I don't understand. Why would a good journalist
lend himself to these things?" continued Severgnini, who called
the programme "only propaganda".
Andrea Pamparana, one of the TV programme's producers,
responded: "Because this trial is a farce. And today, only the
prosecutor's papers were read," making reference to Monday's
hearing for a trial in which Berlusconi stands accused of paying
for sex with an underage Moroccan former nightclub dancer,
Karima 'Ruby' El Mahrough, and is charged with abuse of office
for allegedly interceding on her behalf in a telephone call to
police when she was in custody on a theft charge.

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