PACE Bureau decides no monitoring of Italy over media situation

Strasbourg, 22.11.2007 – The Bureau of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today decided that Italy should not face the Assembly’s monitoring procedure over its media situation – as demanded by some parliamentarians – but that the Assembly should closely follow the progress of new laws outlawing conflicts of interest, promoting media pluralism and guaranteeing the independence of Italy’s public service broadcaster RAI.


In an opinion made public in October, PACE’s Monitoring Committee said that the departure of Silvio Berlusconi from office had temporarily remedied the conflict of interest created by his position as both Prime Minister and owner of Mediaset, one half of the “duopoly” which dominates Italian television, but that the new laws were still needed to prevent such potential abuses of power in the future.