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Abs of Steel, Brain of Meal

By: Steven Heller | June 3, 2010

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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