Fascist nostalgia among young alt-right Italians
July 7, 2024
Luca Mazzacane
(Pavia, Italy)
Edoardo Tagliati
(Siena, Italy)

Giorgia Meloni, Italy's Prime Minister and leader of the Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia, FdI), faces a significant political challenge as an investigation into the youth wing of her party threatens to tarnish her persona and that of her party. 


This unfolding controversy has raised questions about the practices and ethical standards within the organization. The controversy centers around the "Gioventù Meloniana" (Melonian Youth), the youth wing of the Brothers of Italy party. Allegations have emerged accusing the group of engaging in dubious activities, including the misallocation of funds and possible links to extremist ideologies. The investigation, initiated by independent judicial authorities, aims to uncover the extent of these alleged fascist expressions and their potential impact on the broader political landscape. Fanpage.it reporting has been the turning point in this series of events, with their private, independent journalistic investigation that collected different videos showing these young party members expressing anti-semitic and racial slurs, miming the fascist salute among themselves. 


Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has reiterated her stance of non-involvement, stating that she was unaware of any malpractice. In a public address, she expressed her determination to root out any unethical behavior within her party. "We will not tolerate any actions that compromise the values and principles we stand for," Meloni declared. She also assured full cooperation with the ongoing investigation, promising transparency and accountability. 


The Digos (Divisione investigazioni generali e operazioni speciali della polizia - Political intelligence branch of the Italian police force), by special delegation of the Judicial Authority, requested from Fanpage.it the "videos shot throughout the time frame in which the undercover journalistic investigation took place," referring to Melonian Youth, "without cuts and blackouts." It is the same news outlet that announced this, in a note

"It is not yet clear the perimeter in which this request fits and what are the hypotheses of crime formulated by the Rome Public Prosecutor's Office. In the investigation into the Fratelli d'Italia youth organization, in which one of our undercover journalists has infiltrated, it has emerged how far from the gaze of journalists and cameras there is no shortage of anti-Semitic and racist insults and nostalgia for the fascist Ventennio. In the investigation, several National Youth militants are seen, including those most prominent and closest to undersecretaries or parliamentarians making the Roman salute - amid choruses praising Hitler and Mussolini, hymns to fascism and apologia for black terrorism - and explicating racist and discriminatory positions. 


The Italian public has reacted strongly to the investigation, with opinions divided along political lines. Supporters of Meloni argue that the investigation is a politically motivated attack aimed at weakening her leadership and the party's influence. In contrast, opponents see it as a necessary measure to ensure transparency and accountability within the political system. Political analysts suggest that the outcome of this investigation could have significant implications for the Brothers of Italy party. If substantial evidence of wrongdoing is uncovered, it could lead to a significant loss of public trust and electoral support for the current governing party, potentially altering the balance of power in Italy's political landscape.


Additionally, the investigation has raised concerns about the threat to journalistic freedom. Fanpage.it has been accused of violating privacy by recording private conversations and gatherings. There is a possibility that Fanpage.it could face legal penalties, depending on the Judicial Authority's review of the recordings. If found guilty, it would represent a serious breach of journalistic freedom in Italy. The backlash against the Fanpage report may also be exacerbated by its status as an independent outlet without political support, making it more vulnerable to such attacks.

To view the full report click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNQIwJZCoi4  

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Isabella Ferri

Fanpage is right, and the government can't ignore nor accuse the investigation

4 days ago

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