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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-31-04 01:10 AM
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17. What's your boss say regarding SB?
Does he believe what the Italian TV tells him, the monopoly of which is owned by Berlusconi? He sounds like the Chimperror and Rupert Murdoch rolled into one. Here's a bit of background from Reference Library online encyclo:

Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi (born September 29, 1936) is currently (2004) the Prime Minister of Italy. He is the leader of the Forza Italia political party (which he created specifically for his entrance into politics), and the owner of an Italian media empire. As an entrepreneur, he has interests in a variety of businesses. Forbes Magazine lists him as the wealthiest person in Italy, with an estimated net worth of $7.2 billion (as of 2002). His official tax returns declare far less.


A good friend of former premier Bettino Craxi, he has been accused of having used political pull throughout his business career, and of various sorts of corruption, including conflicts of interest. These accusations are dismissed by Berlusconi as political smears. Berlusconi is still very much locked into the cold war ideology, and anybody who is against him is branded as a communist. Many consider this rather ironic given that his legislation whould not look out of place in Orwellian novels such as 1984 and Animal farm.

Berlusconi has often been criticised of using his media power for his own political propaganda. The fact that he owns a large portion of Italy's media channels makes it harder for anti-government criticism to take place, according to critics.

Berlusconi owns three national television channels (in addition to his, and his brothers, interests in publishing), which prior to the elections took around 45% of viewer share. He made an election pledge to resolve this obvious conflict, however after taking office his government immediatly re-organised the state TV channels (claiming it was run by communists) so that around 90% of Italian telvision is controlled by people appointed by himself or his government. Several noted giornalists who where critical of Berlusconi have dissapered from the media and a series of hiccups in the running of the state television channels has allowed his own company (mediaset) to increase market share. His government has presented a new legislation for a reform of the media, but this actually incresead the percentage share that an individual was allowed to control (it should be noted that Berlusconi was allready outside the previous limits). The legislation also deals with the roll-out of digital television and internet based publishing, and hence his government claims it resolves the problem of conflict of interest and his media monopoly "by opening up more channels".

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