Annunziata case, Codacons appeals to the Rai board of directors: “Half an hour more” is suspended immediately”

“With your statements openly against the government, there is less respect for pluralism”

Lucia Annunziata’s program ‘Half an hour more’ broadcast on Raitre “must be suspended with immediate effect“, and in that sense the Codacons today presented a “formal request to the Rai Board of Directors, to the Supervisory Commission and to the Communications Authority”. Codacons himself makes it known in a note. “The journalist, quite legitimately, is openly sided with her statements against the Governmentresigning but showing the intention to continue with the transmission until June – affirms the Codacons – However, her statements regarding the non-sharing of the activity, methods and contents of the Government, places Annunziata in a position of absolute conflict with respect to the obligations of Rai”.

For the consumers’ association, “journalists and conductors of the state network, in fact, are subjected to the constraint of pluralism and correct information which, by law, must distinguish the public service. A journalist who so openly demonstrates her aversion to a party or a grouping cannot conduct an in-depth program guaranteeing impartiality and fairness to viewers”.

“It is good to clarify that Lucia Annunziata’s position is completely legitimate, and that her ideas and personal opinions are certainly not in question – the president Carlo Rienzi articulates – However, it is clear and incontrovertible that, since Rai is subject duties and obligations deriving from the public service contract, the conditions for broadcasting such an important and followed-up program no longer exist. to Rai top management, the Supervisory Commission and Agcom to intervene to order the immediate suspension of the broadcast ‘Mezz’ora in più'”, concludes Rienzi”.