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Roberto Saviano Writes to Berlusconi

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Roberto Saviano is an italian writer who gained worldwide popularity after writing Gomorrah, a book that reveals how criminal organizations in the area around Naples (the “Camorra”) have complete control of the economic and political apparatus. The book also became a movie last year. Since the book was published, Saviano has had to live under constant police protection, since the Camorra has promised he will pay for mentioning their activities and, most of all, their names. This is Saviano’s website (many sections are in english too).

Saviano has become an icon of the fight against the dark side of Italy, that of mafia, illegality, corruption. In keeping with this fight, Saviano has written a public letter to the Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, asking him to withdraw the plans of changing the legal system by shortening the statute of limitations of the criminal trial (see previous post on this blog).

The Italian newspaper La Repubblica has launched a petition to support Saviano’s appeal. The link (in english) can be found (and signed) here.

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Written by TheItalianist

23/11/2009 at 10:22

2 Responses

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  1. Berlusconi is as corrupt as any one else. Tis the rub, you have bought things to light, but who can change things if the power structure every where in Italy is full of rotten old men. It may never really change given the Italians propensity for trickery, exaggeration and of course the cursed patriarchal religion. Roberto, leave, get married, get a new identity. You are a gifted human being, who looks at the truth in the eyes. You are a danger to yourself.

    josepha

    18/07/2011 at 16:44

    • It’s a sad world, though, one in which you need to leave and change your identity because you’ve written about the truth.. As for the italians, we shouldn’t stop hoping that things will change. Change doesn’t sem to be happening yet, but if we give it all up, I think the country will just disappear and turn into somethings else (probably a tv channel)..

      Piero

      20/07/2011 at 01:23


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