Italy is now an increasingly inhospitable place for journalists, bloggers and judges. Obviously the majority in the government, and many other politicians here and there, think that they are not particularly useful. Unless they are on the payroll of the politician, obviously. In that masterpiece of dismantling justice and freedom of the press, otherwise known as decree on wiretapping, there is also a ban on the media to publish names and pictures of judges or prosecutors involved in a trial.
The official justification is that it has to be avoided the protagonism of judges. The real motivation is that with this new law Italian citizens will not be able to at least morally support the work of judges fighting mafia, politics and powers, as Falcone, Borsellino or De Magistris. In theory it seems it will be possible to publish the name of a prosecutor who initiates an investigation or does an inspection, but if this part of the decree will have the feared effect will no longer be possible for citizens to know who is the judge who took a certain measure. And this also means the impossibility for the press to control the actions of judges, who as human beings may also make mistakes.
The Pdl and the League, which were voted by the Italians by promising security, made a law which decreases the security of citizens from every point of view. But what decreases the most the security of citizens in a state is power out of control. A power that does not respond to information, because half of it he pays and half of it he gags. A power that does not respond to the judiciary, because every day we invent a way to circumvent and limit it. A power that controls the information and bypass the law may make any mistake, any abomination without being called to account in front of his voters, because he'll tell the voters what he wants, and nobody ever will know the truth. But this happened in 1994, 2001 and 2008 and each time the Italians have not been able to understand that.
Last Updated on Saturday, 13 June 2009 19:08