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Mass Media and Political Power in Italy

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2013. Vol. 2. No. 2. Pp. 131-141.
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Zolotykh A. D.
M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
9 Mokhovaya Street, 125009 Moscow, Russia


The process of merging the political, economic and media power in Italy and the role of the Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi are discussed. “La Repubblica” and “L’Unita” publications are investigated (2009–2010) and compared via the famous European media as “The Financial Times”, “The Times”, “The Independent”, ”Le Monde”, “La Liberation”, “Le Nouvel Obstrvateur”, “El Pais” and “Der Spigel”. In particular the author pays the attention to polemics devoted to the information freedom protection. The existence of media empires in modern mass media hinders one of the main functions of the press, namely the spreading of objective and full information on all sides of the society life directed by plurality in informational and analytical material. At the same moment in time the mass media influence on the fates of the leading political figures, Silvio Berlusconi in particular. A topical problem of complex relations of modern press and different political, social and power structures is analyzed on the Italian example.


  • • La Repubblica
  • • La Stampa
  • • Il Corriere della sera
  • • mass media and politics
  • • political sponsor
  • • corruption
  • • total TV control
  • • Berlusconi


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  2. L’Unita, 09.07.2010.
  3. Il Corriere della sera, 09.07.2010.
  4. Il Corriere della sera, 22.08.2009.
  5. La Repubblica, 02.09.2009.
  6. La Repubblica, 05.12.2009.
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  11. Il Corriere della sera, 06.09.2009.
  12. La Stampa, 16.03.2010.
  13. La Stampa, 17.03.2010.
  14. La Repubblica, 17.03.2010.