M5S: “13 questions to Renzi, we won’t back down an inch”

The 5 Star Movement addresses the leader of Italia Viva: “Questions asked in the interest of all citizens”

“13 questions” for Matteo Renzi “to protect the democratic confrontation”. Thus the 5 Star Movement on its blog, addressing the leader of Italia Viva. “These questions are posed by the 5 Star Movement in the interest of all citizens, as a guarantee of the principles of full transparency and accountability, which must distinguish the work of all politicians and which are fundamental for nourishing citizens’ trust in institutions and in the political class. On these aspects, the 5 Star Movement is not willing to move back a millimeter. Politics cannot be just a matter of respecting the rules, penalties in particular. For us, politics, in a primary and essential way, is a question of respect for the dignity of people and of ‘discipline and honor’. Ultimately, it is a question of ‘public ethics’. Without moral conscience, our country has no future “, reads the post accompanied by the hashtag #RenziRispondi.

“Senator Renzi, you defined a ‘school hypothesis’ the project aimed at creating an ‘anti-hail propaganda structure’ and to disseminate ‘surveys aimed at destroying the reputation and public image’ of the M5S and some journalists. But what kind of ‘school’ and ‘didactic offer’ did you and your collaborators dedicate yourselves to? “, Ask the 5 Stars.” This project, already at a first reading, presents an impressive number of illegitimate profiles (private investigators , anonymous sites, servers removed from Italian law, dissemination of false and defamatory news, etc.). How come she, at the time secretary of the Democratic Party, instead of distancing herself from this disturbing project, forwarded it, via iphone, without any comment, to another collaborator, generating – objectively – the misunderstanding that her intention was to give following this project? “.

“Why”, continues the M5S, “has decided to reiterate, again recently, the ‘esteem’ towards the journalist who developed this project, despite the blatant violation of the ethical rules of journalists and the clear contrast with the protection of rights of the exponents of the 5 Star Movement and of the targeted journalists? What are the reasons why you do not want or cannot stigmatize the work of those who worked on this project? disparaging thanks to ‘a series of interlocutors, in newspapers and on TV, with whom to build a personal and trustworthy relationship.’ ‘destroy’ and ‘defame’? “.

And again: “How do you explain the email sent to a close collaborator that would contain an indication to know the schedules and to address the contents of the TV? Can you also explain the contents of the ‘agreement’ – which is mentioned in the papers of the investigation – between your ex-spokesperson Agnoletti and Orfeo and the ‘agreement’ for Mediaset? Can you explain the meaning of the expression ‘take a particular look at Gruber, Floris, Formigli, Giletti, Minoli’? former premier as well as leader of a party and respectful of freedom of information? Do these agreements seem compatible with executive positions in the public radio and television service? “.

“You have often accused other parties of using social networks for their ‘mud machines’, their ‘beasts’ and ‘fake news spread only to discredit their opponents’. As explained by the papers that emerged from the investigation into the Open foundation according to which, in March 2017, the coordinator of his communication sent an email in which he explicitly spoke of 16 people who managed 128 accounts by posting content that denigrates the 5 Star Movement? Now that it turns out that these initiatives were being elaborated and discussed by your collaborators: do you intend to distance yourself from them and, if they still work with you, do you intend to remove them or are certain behaviors censurable only if attributed to others? “, Attack the pentastellati? .

“Beyond any legal prohibitions, it seems to her compatible with the constitutional principle of ‘discipline and honor’ the conduct of a parliamentarian who collects high salaries from the Saudi government and appreciates the ‘new Arab renaissance’ despite the undeniable squeezing of people’s fundamental rights, especially women and homosexuals, and the terrible accusations for the murder of the journalist Khashoggi? You were a member of the Defense Commission and then Foreign Affairs of the Senate in this legislature: how can a parliamentarian guarantee Italian citizens to defend their interests if they allow themselves to be financed by foreign governments? “” You, in words, have shown that you have a heart the battles for civil rights. Her absence at the time of the vote on the Zan bill seems consistent with these declarations, in the Senate, motivated by yet another trip to Saudi Arabia? “.

The M5S insists: “The papers of the investigation testify to the urgency to close the Open foundation by January 31, 2019 in order to avoid the application of the Corruption Sweeping law (no. 3/2019), strongly desired by the 5 Star Movement. what reason were you so worried up to prefer the hasty liquidation of Open, which led to ascertaining a huge loss and renouncing the residual funds of the Committee for the yes to the referendum? battle that the 5 Star Movement is waging in Parliament for introduce stricter legislation on conflict of interest, with an explicit prohibition for Italian parliamentarians to receive funding from foreign governments?“.

“You, with your Italia Viva party, were the fiercest opponents of the cancellation of the motorway concession to ‘Autostrade per l’Italia’, controlled by the Benettons through Edizione Holding. In particular, in 2018, after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge , she attacked the procedure for canceling the concession, stating that she ‘did not take a euro from the Benettons.’ Why, in 2019, did you accept a loan from Alessandro Benetton, a member of the Board of Edizione Holding? sums from the Benettons with the procedure still open? And why did he not feel the need to inform his constituents of this transfer, given that he had boasted of the contrary? The same goes for the loans to Open by some business groups, which for the The accusatory hypothesis formulated by the Public Prosecutor of Florence would be illegal and even corrupt, as they are followed by regulatory measures favorable to the financing subjects. criminal proceedings will have its course and you will have the widest opportunity to assert your reasons. But don’t you think that these behaviors risk undermining citizens’ trust in institutions and in the political class? Don’t you think that public ethics is a value to be preserved, regardless of the sphere of criminal responsibility? “, Asks the Movement again.

“In January 2018, during the Matrix TV show, he showed viewers his bank statement of about 15,000 euros, verbatim stating: ‘If you want to make money, don’t do politics … If you want to make money go to investment banks, take the millionaire contracts they offer you, you don’t start being a politician. Those who are politicians have these current accounts, they don’t have any others. … I would like for transparency all those who make politics also present all current accounts, where they have them and how they get the money ‘. Why are you complaining today that some of the loans resulting from your bank statement have been acquired in the papers of the ongoing investigation? Why did you not feel the need, for the principle of transparency you have repeatedly invoked, to inform your constituents, as your current accounts were rising with all sorts of revenues? “, Concludes the post.