At the national conference of the journalist union FNSI, President Mattarella said the State has a duty to ensure the necessary conditions for press independence and pluralism of the media.
In a message to the annual FNSI national conference, President Sergio Mattarella said the State has a duty to ensure the necessary conditions for press independence and pluralism of the media.
“Creating and guaranteeing the conditions for an independent press is the job of the institutions, civil society in its various forms, the media industry and the professional conscience of each journalist”, the head of State said. “An economically healthy economy features a media industry capable of powerfully affirming its function, not directed towards partisan interests, but directed towards applying the Constitution, which reiterates the citizens’ right to free information”.
The president said it was necessary to intervene, including with the use of public money, to favour media “pluralism” by “supporting “innovation processes that confirm the crucial role of journalistic responsibility and professionalism” in reporting the news.
This comes just days after a handful of right wing MPs complained about left-wing bias by State broadcaster RAI.