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War and Censorship -- Difficult Times in Italy

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A post by Miguel Martinez, originally published in Italian on his blog on 23/11/2020. Italy was the first European country to be struck by the COVID-19 pandemic and the first to implement a national lockdown. At that time, Italians would display the flag on their balconies and sing aloud in a show of national unity. That time is past and gone.   The media gives the alarm: news of danger and a call to arms, together. When the message is inseparable from mobilization, it becomes propaganda. Since "propaganda" today has a bad name, let us immediately specify: propaganda can say absolutely true things and defend right causes, but it remains always propaganda.The state of mobilization puts an end to disputes: in war, everyone must be in solidarity around a human figure, the leader, able to embody all passions.Young people run to enlist volunteers. Fear, excitement, optimism. It's Gonna Be Okay!We grit our teeth, citizens cleanse themselves gel and unmask the traitors, actually mask them – but we will win soon!People who, until the night before were ready to file a complaint because they were not served the cocktail they had requested, or because the plane left five minutes late, meekly lock themselves in their homes, place the tricolor flag out of the window, and prepares to see the enemy fall to the ground. Above: "I stay home -- checkmate to the coronavirus"  The first deaths are celebrated: both as innocent victims of the wickedness of the enemy, and as brave fighters. "A nurse dies of coronavirus refuses to see her husband for the last time and saves his life"But there are also the first victories, a united people, let's open the windows, it's spring!Our leader is leading us to triumph and we will dance in Sardinia all summer! The image shows Giuseppe Conte, prime minister of Italy. The text says, "Let's stay away from each other today to embrace each other tomorrow. Let's stop today to run faster tomorrow."Phase. . .

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