Commentary on Mattia Feltri’s “The New Satraps”

Readers from common law jurisdictions accustomed to newspapers that come from long-standing traditions of independence with little or no affiliation to local or national governments be they Monarchies or Republics should – especially when reading Italian newspapers – bear in mind the different origins thereof and the quasi-total absence in this Country of what are called “pure editors”, i.e. publishers of newspapers (but also of magazines, television and media in general) that are in the business of reporting local, national and international news as their core business for profit, which core business constitutes their main source of income. In Italy, most newspapers belong to one Financial Group or another, with prevailing interests in non-media businesses. It is not uncommon for Italian newspapers to be subsidized by the government better known in Italy as the “State”.

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