Posts Tagged ‘satire’

Satire has always been an easy target of political powers due to its uncanny ability to pierce through the veils of propaganda and biased information.

The recent brutal attack on the popular Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat is just the latest (but certainly not the last) assault on satire and freedom of expression in general.

In Ali Ferzat’s case we can see the physical harm that has been done to the cartoonist, but often times we are not aware of other non-physical attempts to suppress freedom of expression.

Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a champion in the suppression of satire, which he has openly criticized in the past and whose control over Italian media has effectively marginalized Italian satire’s role for years.
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A phenomenal explanation of Italy’s horrible performances during important soccer tournaments has been given by the people at czeta.it.

Basically, every time Berlusconi is in office Italy ends up losing. In 2006, when Romano Prodi was prime minister, Italy won the World Cup.

OK, it is a little biased because the authors left out Euro ’96 (eliminated in first round), the 1998 World Cup (lost to France in the quarter-finals) and Euro 2000 (lost to France in the final).

Still, it’s pretty hilarious.