“Is it normal for such an episode to occur on the day when the newspapers report that Conte would like to force TVs to let only his 5 vice presidents speak?”. The Renzian deputy wonders Michele Anzaldi, talking about Conte’s decision to allow only Paola Taverna, Mario Turco, Riccardo Ricciardi, Michele Gubitosa and Alessandra Todde to give interviews to the news.
“‘Half an hour more’ on Rai3 transformed into a kind of M5S electoral convention, with Conte’s 5 closest collaborators even presented to the public by him in first person“, writes Anzaldi on Facebook, referring to the television debut of the ‘magnificent’ 5 vice presidents, which took place on Sunday afternoon during the broadcast of Lucia Annunziata. The deputy of Italia Viva, as secretary of the Rai Supervisory Commission, addressed directly to the chairman of the Board of Directors Marinella Soldi and to the managing director Carlo Fuortes asking them:“Can this really be defined as public service information? Is such a scene compatible with the Service Agreement, pluralism and respect for journalistic ethics?”. Anzaldi, in his post, also calls into question the Order of Journalists guilty, according to him, of not having said a word “on the legitimacy of such a diktat”. “We would have expected a discussion on whether a party wants to replace the journalistic autonomy of the editorial offices and decide who should speak, regardless of the news, the position held, the role played in Parliament on the measures”, underlines Anzaldi who, then, concludes: “Just as the abuse of such a claim is being denounced by the newspapers, is Rai complying with the diktat? What message does it come from public TV? This is the way in which autonomy from politics is manifested and viewers who pay the canon?”.
But Conte’s diktat, as already anticipated by ilGiornale.it, also creates havoc inside the M5S. Today, according to what Adnkronos reveals, even the pentastellato senator would have expressed strong perplexity in a chat inside the Movement Primo Di Nicola, journalist and vice president of the Rai Supervisory Commission. “This diktat – writes the parliamentarian who is, moreover, a journalist by profession – from the point of view of freedom of information represents an undoubted criticality, given that any Rai director or conductor who aligns himself with it could be accused of violating the principle of pluralism and that the independence and autonomy of Rai as set out in the service contract “.