News: The second Easter under the pandemic

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The second Easter under the pandemic has dominated the news. The Biot case is the most serious espionage case since the Cold War. Intercepting journalists in the course of their work is illegal, according to Tg La7. The Eurispes Television News Observatory – CoRiS Sapienza analysis.


The news from March 29 to April 2 – The fight against the pandemic is confirmed in the week leading up to Italy’s second locked down Easter, with 31 headlines. Between editions consumed by the chronicle of the epidemic, differences in the Council of Ministers, and new measures, the arrival of April brings some note of optimism for the acceleration recorded in the vaccination campaign (opening on Thursday, for all but Tg La7), followed by the first declines in the curve of contagion (opening on Friday for Tg5 and Tg La7)


Even the clamorous espionage case in which one of our naval officers, Walter Biot, passed sensitive information to the Russians in exchange for money, described by Tg4 as “the most serious episode since the Cold War,” received only four headlines on Wednesday, with many reports coming in only in the middle of the edition.

Even the squalid situation in Sicily, in which the health councillor invited people to “spread the deaths” over several days in order to keep the region from entering the red zone, received little attention on Tuesday (an opening for Tg La7, but mid-edition headlines for the others). Even “The incredible story” of a gang of swindlers from Brescia who simulated fake kidnappings of a jihadist matrix is mentioned very little in the headlines on Tuesday, without eliciting any particular comment, aside from Mentana’s “heartfelt” one.

The prime time appears to be more reactive (as one might expect) on the political page, where the usual alignments are displayed. Following the ANM’s claims for greater protection vaccines, a very active Tg4, which devotes two titles to the “caste of judges,” almost immediately returned. Enrico Letta and Giuseppe Conte, the new leader of the Five Star Movement, were also “Special Observers.” Tg2 interviewed both Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni between Monday and Tuesday, and on Thursday it celebrated the meeting between the League leader and the other sovereignist right-wingers, Hungarian and Polish, in the framework of a “European renaissance” project. Conte’s election as leader of the 5-Star party is a headline for Tg La7, but it does not make the following day’s editions.

The trial for the murder of George Floyd, accompanied by new and chilling images depicting the brutality of American police, appears in Thursday’s editions, but only Studio Aperto and Tg3 make headlines. Only RAI news covered the dramatic situation in Brazil, where there is a record number of deaths due to the pandemic, with a good in-depth report by Tg2, which included the testimony of a team of researchers working in the city of Sao Paolo.

The ship Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal on Tuesday; the news once again ignores the African coasts, and even the recent surge in refugee arrivals (nearly 2,000) is barely mentioned in the reports. These issues were only ‘touched upon’ on Friday by a Tg La7 report, which, as part of the NGOs investigation, condemned the illegal wiretapping of five journalists who were not under investigation. Mentana reiterated in an off-the-cuff editorial that no one, least of all the judiciary, can afford to operate legibus solutus, particularly against journalists who have been outspoken in their condemnation of human trafficking and who have exposed unclear, if not embarrassing, links between the State and Libyan criminal groups over the years.

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