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Media blackout for March Elections

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March 26, 2010 News & Oddities, Politics No Comments

The elections are due and who would know… Television (from which the majority of Italians get their information) has had an almost total blackout. Prime Minister Berlusconi’s government controls the 3 main independant channels, and two of the main public channels are also pro-government. He seems to have decided that no debate is beneficial to him – he could be right.

A simple but clear explanation of the structure of the issues is found at The Economist (declaration on their behalf, they are not unbiased against Mr Berlusconi): Italy’s elections and the media

Strangely, I have to watch this whole election build up on the Internet – because I just don’t watch television here in Italy – it is really really bad at its best… Unless you like stunningly attractive women and/or short fat men. Sounds like a thumbs up at first glance, but it really does become dull.

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