As Italy’s general election – which will take place on 24th and 25th February – approaches, the problem of media control and political power symbolised by Silvio Berlusconi is again in the news. The issue of media pluralism – not only for Italy, but also for the whole of Europe – has never been more pressing. This is also why the European Initiative on Media Pluralism asks the European Commission to take legislative action concerning concentration of (media) ownership, also guaranteeing the independence of media supervisory bodies from political power influence and agreeing on a definition of “conflict of interests” to avoid media moguls occupying high State positions.

Exactly in this early voting period for Italy only, we invite you all – as EU Citizens – to add your support to the very first European Citizens’ Initiative (which is not a petition) addressing the role of media by signing up online today and circulating its message as widely as possible.

You can also listen here to a podcast (“Cutting big media down to size: The Italian election and press plurality”) kindly recorded in London a few days ago by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom’s Representatives with our Spokesperson for the EIMP Italian Committee, Tana De Zulueta, and our UK Coordinator, Granville Williams, to hear ‘live’ how the Italian general election and campaigning by Berlusconi has yet again underlined the importance of the attempt to urge the European institutions to take action to ensure greater media diversity:

If you agree with our initiative, please sign up today here or directly from our website by simply clicking on “Sign now” from the bar here on the right.