The immigration-critical and populist government wants to take action to stop the funding of mass media. Instead, they want to see increased media diversity.
Vito Crimi , a representative of the Italian populist party Femstjerner movement, wants to stop the tax financing of the country’s mass media. Instead, he wants to form a Netflix-like subscription service that gives Italians access to all media.
“We are not against news magazines, we just want to remove the tax financing for them, not outrage pluralism,” said Crimi.
His proposal comes after his party leaders, also Minister of Economic Development, Luigi Di Maio , said he did not at all read media.
“When I search for information, I do not read Italian newspapers, they are only propagandaists. I am reading specialized articles, foreign newspapers, bloggers and documents to inform me about issues related to my work as minister,” said Di Maio.
Only 45 percent of Italians trust mass media according to a survey.