This chapter explores the relationship between fear of crime and politicaldynamics in Italy. Of particular relevance is the fact that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is the richest person in Italy, controlling a large share of themass media industry. Berlusconi uses his media influence to cultivate thepublic's fear of crime, for his own political gain. The chapter explores the socialscience literature concerning public issues, media coverage, and public fear. TheItalian media landscape is described, including Berlusconi's direct or indirectcontrol of various media. The main thrust of the chapter explores the aspects of Berlusconi's manipulation of crime coverage in media, which manipulates thepublic's fear of crime, which in turn may be associated with voting behaviours.Concluding reflections explore the complexities of the model of media manipulation presented and the importance of the Italian case in a global climate of continuing capital accumulation in media industries.
|Title of host publication||Mass media|
|Subtitle of host publication||coverage, objectivity, and changes|
|Editors||Hanna V. Kovács|
|Place of Publication||Hauppauge|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Feb 2011|