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Grillo calls TV journalists slaves to parties

M5S leader says reporters to blame for wrecking Italy

10 January, 19:51
Grillo calls TV journalists slaves to parties (ANSA) - Rome, January 10 - Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), accused Italy's broadcast journalists of bias on Friday and said they served the needs of the traditional parties.

"The occupation of the media is total, it's the last barrier before the fall of the regime," Grillo wrote on his popular blog, which gave life to the M5S in 2009.

"The journalists are the main ones to blame for wrecking Italy, they are slaves to an owner, an ideology, or, more prosaically, a wallet," added the comedian-turned-politician, whose Internet-based movement captured around a quarter of the vote in last year's general election.

The attack was the latest in a series waged against Italian journalists by the aggressive, frequently foul mouthed Grillo.

M5S representatives shun TV talk shows and try to have direct communication with the public via the Internet.

Usigrai, the union of journalists working for State broadcaster Rai, responded by accusing Grillo of using the methods of Fascist "squads... that are not worthy of a political leader and not compatible with a democratic system".