The Middle East “without peace” on the news. The Eurispes – Sapienza News Observatory Report

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The dramatic escalation of the conflict between Hamas and Israel – which produced more than 130 victims between Monday and Friday – is the dominant topic in the media, with 16 headlines using the word “war” from Tuesday. In the face of this scenario, the mainstream information appears aligned in favour of the Israeli State, even if there is no lack of passages in the RAI and La7 news reports that focus on the absence of rights for Israeli-Palestinians. Overall, the political analyses were positive, with Tg3 and Tg2 respectively reporting on Thursday the interventions of the director of Limes, Lucio Caracciolo – who focused on Netanyahu’s leadership crisis – and of the former British minister Jack Straw, who called for American intervention. These are some of the indications that emerged from the monitoring of the Eurispes – CoRiS Sapienza Tv News Observatory from 10 to 14 May.


The parable of declining contagion is translated into editions less absorbed by the Covid narrative, with most regions now in yellow. Almost half of the openings, 14, are still dedicated to the themes of the restart, with the debate on the curfew. Attention is also given to signs of economic recovery, with headlines for the 8 pm news and the story of the Italian vaccine Reithera, stopped in the testing phase for bureaucratic red tape; for Tg La7, “a typical Italian story”.


During the week, there is a growing focus on domestic politics, with numerous reports dedicated to the parties’ activities given the upcoming local elections. Several headlines on Tg4 on the divisions between Pd and Five Stars on the candidates for the major cities, particularly on Rome, with the advance of the name of Roberto Gualtieri; punctual analysis also by Tg La7 and Tg3. The RAI and LA7 TV news broadcasts focused on the investigations into the insults and threats made to the President of the Republic via the web, which also involved right-wingers such as the historian Marco Gervasoni.

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