Abs of Steel, Brain of Meal

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister and Duce-in-waiting, is decidedly taking a few too many lessons from his Fascist predecessor Benito Mussolini. He recently enacted strict gag rulings against the press that effectively end any oversight of government in the 20 percent of the press and TV he does not already own. A recent article in The Guardian UK by Benedetta Brevini titled “Europe Should Protect Italy’s Freedom of Speech,” acuses the EU of ignoring the issue and otherwise giving a blind eye and free pass to the wannabe directator.
“Apparently, Berlusconi’s control on Italian television was not enough
to stop some newspapers from publishing embarrassing stories regarding
the prime minister and his close allies,” Brevini writes. “And so came the urgent need to pass this unconstitutional law
that will both silence the press and hamper the chances for magistrates
to pursue criminal investigations. In fact, this law would restrict
wiretaps for investigation purposes and whack jail sentences on the
journalists publishing interceptions. Indeed, wiretaps are fundamental
tools for investigators to find evidence for serious crimes. Without
wiretaps, many high-profile bosses from the mafia, such as Salvatore Riina or Bernardo Provenzano, would not have been arrested.”
(Extra: More from Italia here.)
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.