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In Italy the former Italian comedian and intelligent politician Beppe Grillo and the 5 star political movement attacks the Government which finances private newspapers with taxpayer’s money.   That money should be used for economic recovery and could help finance the small and medium businesses that need money.Here in America the newspapers are not funded by the government with public money, but are funded by wealthy investors and funds from sources that don’t have any tie in’s to the government.




l43-beppe-grillo-movimento-130228135953_bigOn the blog, the comic rages especially with “Unity”, in continuous loss but “that never fails. Thanks to the millions of public “- Undersecretary Legnini:” Direct contributions have been drastically reduced. In 2008 there were 243 million, next year 58 “- Yeah, but then there are the institutional advertising and indirect contributions …


Before the “journalist of the day”, now “the alms of the State” publishing. Beppe Grillo, on his blog, has decided to comb through the “financial statements of the newspapers assisted” and denounce funding for publishing. Already in 2008, according to V-Day, railed against public money to newspapers. Since then, the situation for the leader of M5S has changed for the worse: he calculates that the contributions have increased, “from 137 million euro in 2013 to 175 in 2014.”

As was the case for the column dedicated to journalists deemed hostile by the 5 Star Movement, even in this case starts with the Grillo Unit.  Grillo ranks the newspapers that in 2012 they received public funding.

In first place is Future (EUR 4.3 million), followed by Italy Today (3.9 million). Closes the podium Unit (3.6 million). The company that publishes the New publishing initiative, has a new shareholder, Matteo Fago, one of the founders of the travel portal Venus. On the blog yesterday Grillo disputes the budgets of the daily founded by Antonio Gramsci: “The average sales in 2012 compared to 2011 decreased by 19 percent, with a loss of 7,529 copies. The loss in terms of net profit after tax, despite the generous public funding, was 4,637,124. “The Unit is a hornet, “you do not know how he can fly, but it never fails.”


Giovanni Legnini, Undersecretary of Information and Publishing, responds to Grillo: “the funds have been drastically reduced in recent years. Direct contributions have fallen. In 2008 were 243 million, next year it will reach the 60 million. The Guardia di Finanza carries out strict controls to avoid cheating. “


In 2008, Grillo had collected signatures for a referendum to repeal the contributions for publishing, then floundered because of the failure to reach the required quota of 500,000 signatures.  Direct contributions at the time brushed against the 250 million, not counting the postal subsidies and other benefits. In 2010, indirect contributions are being abolished (telephone facilities, postal shipments, paper or shipping refunds for subscriptions). In 2012 the Monti government contributions for businesses and publishing cooperatives – copies actually sold – instead of issue – and the level of employment. With reimbursement of expenses for personnel and for the purchase of the paper.


Despite the warning of Grillo, State resources allocated to the sector by the Department of Information and Publications of Palazzo Chigi, have drastically decreased: from 506 million euro in 2007 to 185 million in 2012. The sum includes direct subsidies and other interventions, such as the conventions (RAI and Italian agencies for foreign services). Until 2010 they were including postal facilities, then suspended. But the state is in arrears and continues to pay 50 million a year.

As far as direct contributions, it has gone from 280 million in 2006 to 58 in 2014. On October 2nd, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers has revised downwards the supports direct publishing for 2012, slashing nearly 12 million, and lowering the total sum of 83 million.

There are 45 newspapers that have the right to direct contributions from national newspapers such as The Unit and The Gazette (1.5 million) to local newspapers such as The Journal of Umbria (1 million euro) and the newspaper of Sicily (899 000 euro). No shortage of magazines, such as Motocross (272 thousand euro), Sprint, and Sports (332 thousand euro), The Courier merchant (1.4 million) and foreign language newspapers, such as the Dolomites (1.1 million).

The recently passed stability law provides for a special fund for the publishing industry: 120 million for the period from 2014 to 2016 related to business restructuring and for social safety nets. Secretary Legnini states: “Those 120 million are allocated to workers and serve to stem the serious crisis in the sector. Do not go to the publishers, those rules are designed to help employees, incoming and outgoing. “Of those 120 million, half is allocated to business restructuring and social shock absorbers, thus lightening the publishers of some of the costs for retirements and new hires.


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