Archive for June, 2010


 The Italian news agency ANSA, reports that the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urged Italy today to drop or amend a contested bill aimed at restricting the use of wiretaps and their publication before trials. The OSCE called on the Italian government to withdraw the current measure and modify it to bring it into line with international standards guaranteeing freedom of the press. The legislation in its current form apparently provides among other objectionable provisions, the possibility of a prison sentence for anyone who is not a “professional journalist” who records or films a person without their prior approval. From across the Atlantic, the Berlusconi Government’s recent actions are being watched anxiously. Italiana abroad who value freedom of the press as an indispensable ingredient of a healthy democracy are wondering quo vadis Italia?


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Italian Americans Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Ennio Caretto, and  Cesare De Carlo were honored by the Italian Government at the Festa della Repubblica  held at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC.  Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi noted in bestowing the awards, that Lidia

Ennio Caretto, Cesare De Carlo, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Matticchio Bastanich was being honored for being the “guru” of the Italian cuisine in the United States.  Journalists Ennio Caretto, Washington correspondent for the Corriere della Sera and Cesare De Carlo correspondent for the Quotidiano Nazionale were honored for their contributions in writing about America. Read Ambassador Terzi speech at CiaoAmerica.net

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