The activity of Le Iene is not journalism, the Order of Journalists writes to Pier Silvio Berlusconi

Harsh letter from the president of the Lombard Order Riccardo Sorrentino to the CEO of Mediaset, regarding the case of Roberto Zaccaria’s suicide after the program service: “That is not journalism, neither from a substantial point of view nor from a formal”.

“The activity of the Hyenas cannot be qualified as journalism, neither from a substantial point of view nor from a formal point of view”. This is essentially the message that the Order of Journalists of Lombardy addressed to Pier Silvio Berlusconi regarding the words pronounced by the CEO of Mediaset regarding the story of Le Iene and the Roberto Zaccaria case, the 64-year-old man who taken his own life a few days after being the focus of a program report. The Odg specifies that it “deemed it necessary […] underline the difference between authentically journalistic activity and other forms of communication and to invite him to take at least a first formal step towards a regularization of the situation”.

The letters from the Odg to Berlusconi

The letter of president of the Lombard Order Riccardo Sorrentino goes into detail: “Talking about the work of the Hyenas regarding the events of Roberto Zaccaria and the 24-year-old Daniele as a journalistic work is wrong from a substantial point of view and from a formal point of view, and it would also be wrong abroad where there is no order, but organisms performing similar functions are active everywhere”. Then he adds:

because that mode of infotainment, in that service – and, I’m sorry to say, also on several other occasions – has been pushed to extremes that are not compatible with any healthy mode of communication and does not respect the canons of Italian and international journalism.

The words of Pier Silvio Berlusconi on the Iene case

The position taken by the Order comes as a clarification after the words pronounced on the matter by Pier Silvio Berlusconi, who, despite saying he was against the images aired and hoping it would never happen again, had said: “We make TV that also reports and in doing this it happens that we go beyond what is editorially right, which is linked to personal sensitivities and is not an objective fact. I say that it must not happen again and that we must raise the level of sensitivity because this that can happen today will never happen again”.

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