Italy: Five Star leader lashes out at the press, threatens to cut funds | News | DW


Italian President Sergio Matarella issued a firm defense of press freedom over the weekend, after populist Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio threatened to cut public funds for newspapers.

Di Maio wrote on Facebook that he believed journalists were “polluting public debate.”

Di Maio’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) party is ostensibly left-leaning, but it rules in a coalition with the far-right populist Lega (League) party, and Di Maio has expressed a number of arch-conservative opinions, including advocating for hardline immigration policies.

According to Di Maio, the…



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