Sunday, August 14

Eugenio Scalfari, founder of ‘La Repubblica’ and one of the great Italian journalists of the 20th century, dies

Eugenio Scalfari, writer, founder of the newspaper The Republic and one of the great Italian journalists of the 20th century, has died at the age of 98, as announced this Thursday by the newspaper to which he was linked all his life and which has fired him in its edition on-line with the headline “Goodbye manager.”

Scalfari was a fundamental intellectual of the Italian history of the last century, who combined journalism with his civil and political commitment, and his death has been received with great regret in a country in which he was one of its greatest voices and whose modernization he contributed as outstanding anti-fascist.

His death “leaves an insurmountable void in the public life of our country. founder of L’Espresso Y The Republicwhich he directed for 20 years, Scalfari was an absolute protagonist in the history of journalism in post-war Italy”, said the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, who has emotionally assured that he will miss his “friendship”.

“The clarity of his prose, the depth of his analysis and the courage of his ideas accompanied the Italians for more than seventy years and made his editorials essential reading for anyone who wanted to understand politics and economics”, Draghi added. .

The Minister of Culture, Darío Franceschini, has highlighted his “example of civil journalism” that “marked the history of republican Italy with his work”. “His death today leaves an insurmountable void: he is a voice and a thought that we will all miss,” said Franceschini, as soon as his death was known.

“A century of journalism and civil passion”

Born in Civitavecchia, at the gates of Rome, on April 6, 1924 and graduated in Law, he began his journalistic career in 1950 as a collaborator in the world Y L’Europeanweeklies that were a point of reference for politicians and intellectuals in Italy.

He combined his work as a journalist with politics and collaborated in the founding of the Italian Radical Party, of which he was Deputy Secretary General.

In 1963 he was appointed director of L’Espressoa position he held until 1968, when he returned to politics and was elected a socialist deputy in the 1968 elections, a position he held until 1972.

Four years later he founded the newspaper The Republic which he imprinted with a critical and progressive character and which he directed until May 1996. He was replaced by Ezio Mauro, director of The stampand said goodbye to the newspaper with the article “The Republic, one and indivisible.”

As director of The RepublicScalfari was adamantly opposed in 1990 to the media tycoon and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi taking control of the publishing group Espresso-Mondadori, in a tough battle that ended, after government mediation, with the distribution of the consortium.

In 1996, when Scalfari left the management of the Roman newspaper, it ranked second in circulation, behind the Milanese Corriere della Sera. A year before, The Republic It was the first Italian newspaper with a national circulation to hit the streets with its front page in color.

The following years he made publications such as The ruga sulla fronte (2001), Articoli, 5 (2004), Dibattito sul secularism (2005), L’uomo che non credeva in Dios (2008), while his last books were Per l’alto mare aperto (2010), Scuote l’anima mia Eros (2011), La passione dell’etica. Scritti 1963-2012 (2012) and L’amore, la sfida, il destiny (2013).

“Goodbye Eugenio, a century of journalism and civil passion”, He has written on his Twitter account Ezio Mauro.