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The craft of telling people what happens to people

The wording of the Repubblica has been attacked for spreading messages in favor of immigration

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The craft of telling people what happens to people

40 years ago, when country's school of journalism was born, a man who looked like a Roman patrician told students that y heard him talk about job: "Journalist is people who tell people what happens to people." That man was Eugenio Scalfari, so legendary in his country, and in European journalism, as his old colleague Indro Montanelli, although he was travelling on or side of Via Venetto.

Scalfari founded La Repubblica. This newspaper, which was born almost as long as country, with which it has shared singular adventures, suffered yesterday by intimidation of ultraright wing force Nuova. The purpose was to intimidate wording now directed by Mario Calabresi (and weekly Espresso, same group) to stop spreading (according to Daniel Verdú, our Man in Rome) "messages in favor of immigration and serve interests of NGOs."

The resistable ascension of fascism, against which y alerted as many Italians of severe face as that of Scalfari in anteroom of World War, lurks behind slogans like that which wanted to intimidate to journalists of Repubblica and of Espresso. The goal is purity of blood, as if this Italy, like that which Mussolini made available to Hitler, was not a consequence of many origins and same Italy that with so much talent has populated world.

That fascism is latent, in shelter of bitter crisis, and it increases on right wing Tramontana and of exploited of all laya. In Spain we know m, and here we have suffered. When an ultra group attacked country about forty years ago, head of opinion n, Javier Pradera, sent Juan Luis Cebrián, first director and co-founder of this newspaper, a note of solidarity, from Mexico, where he was. That ruinous visit of terrorism in drafting of nascent newspaper aroused recent ghosts, when in Spain y still spoke pistols. The memory of ultra terror marked its reaction and that of newspaper, also when Spain suffered coup of 23-F. That attack, which caused a dead man and left him badly injured, wanted to be a message for country to change its nature of reporting. It was an attack, and at same time occasion to vindicate substance of trade that moves journalists: continue to report.

What happened in Rome responds to same strategy. Intimidate for journalists to talk about something else. That Scalfari said, 10 years ago, to students in Turin: "Journalism is a cruel trade." A trade that is done knowing risks of saying what ors want to be shut up. The Pasta de la Repubblica, which is from Pasta de Scalfari, will go on telling people what happens on those shores. The emigrant, like Italian emigrant, like Spanish emigrant, like emigrant, seeks everywhere solidarity and amparo. He also seeks protection of press.

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