Joint EGP/Greens-EFA press release in support of Italian Greens' protest for media freedom

The Co-Presidents of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament,Rebecca Harms and Dany Cohn-Bendit and the Co-Spokespersons of the European Green Party, Monica Frassoni and Philippe Lamberts, have issued a joint statement in support of the leader of the Italian Greens, Angelo Bonelli.

 Angelo Bonelli has been on hunger strike since January 28th as a protestagainst the lack of media attention in Italygiven to the key environmental challenges facing Italy, the EU and the world.

“We support the non-violent protest of the leader of the Italian Greens,Angelo Bonelli, which seeks to draw attention to the lack of pluralism in the Italian media and the fact that almost no attention is given to crucial environmental issues such as the fight against climate change, the increasein pollution, the need to protect citizens’ health and the Italiangovernment’s decision to reintroduce nuclear power in Italy. The failure of the media to inform people about the true nature of the environmental degradation of the country, the very real threat to freedom of the media posed by the dominant influence of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's media holdings and the systematic exclusion of the Italian Greens from media debates has forced the Italian Greens to undertake this protest. We call on all Italian media organisations to urgently address the concerns raised by the Greens so that they can better inform Italian citizens about the many urgent environmental issues facing Italy, the EU and the planet as a whole.   

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