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Economist wins libel battle with Berlusconi

 
 
Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 01:30 pm
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Berlusconi loses libel suit against The Economist

Fri Sep 5, 2008 3:05pm EDT

By Phil Stewart

ROME, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost a defamation suit he brought against The Economist over a 2001 cover story that accused him of being "unfit to lead Italy", the British news magazine said on Friday.

Berlusconi, one of Italy's richest men, was ordered to pay The Economist's legal costs of 25,000 euros ($35,760) after a Milan court rejected his libel claims.

The Economist's April 26, 2001, edition ran a front page photo of the media mogul with the headline: "Why Silvio Berlusconi is unfit to lead Italy".

It accused him of having conflicts of interest, analysed his business empire and detailed trials against him, in an issue which came out just ahead of elections that Berlusconi won.
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http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?source=hptextfeature&story_id=12076765
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 01:38 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Well, good!
Ramafuchs
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 01:57 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
t was Mr Berlusconi's conflicts of interest and his tangled web of judicial proceedings that first led The Economist to judge him unfit to be prime minister (see article). We stick to that view. When he suggests that magistrates should be subject to mental-health checks, or when one of his close associates, a senator who is appealing against conviction for associating with the Mafia, says a convicted mob killer was a hero, there are good reasons to argue that Mr Berlusconi should not lead his country.

Yet the biggest challenge now for Mr Berlusconi does not concern conflicts of interest, court cases or the Mafia. It is the dire state of the Italian economy. Indeed, economic woes provide the third explanation why disillusioned voters preferred him to the centre-left. They felt that Mr Prodi's government had done nothing for them except to increase their tax bills. And, against all previous experience of Mr Berlusconi's tawdry governments, many people still want to believe in the magic that made him Italy's richest man. They hope that some of it may rub off on them, making all Italians richer.
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11050099

Congrats Economist.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 07:37 pm
@ossobuco,
<Adds, for good measure, time for the Pinocchio noses..>
Ramafuchs
 
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Reply Sat 6 Sep, 2008 04:22 pm
@ossobuco,
the criminal gangs had no chance. i mean bush blair berlusconi bind laden
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