about us

We formed the Pannunzio Society for the freedom of information, among those who care about the fate of what Kant called “freedom of the pen,” and who intend to discuss and advance plans for reform inspired by the principles and criteria set out in the Blue Book.

The Pannunzio Society is an association that does not stop at an account of ideas, but is also committed to practical action in reporting the continuous violations, by now widely tolerated, of the current legislation. The Society does not limit itself to analysis, debate and concrete proposals, but will adopt, in Italy and Europe, all appropriate tools to pursue its goals of freedom.

The “Society” is inspired by the “SociÚtÚ des Amis de la libertÚ et de la presse” that arose in France in November 1817. Joined by such figures as Benjamin Constant, Achille de Broglie, Paul-Louis Courier, Jean-Baptiste Say, the SociÚtÚ, through a frenetic activity of appeals, petitions, letters and subscriptions to pay the penalty fines that opposition newspapers were assessed, was able to influence the reform of French legislation on the press. The experience was historically important because, for the first time, people formed associations to fight for the freedom of expression, showing that they understood that in their time – as in our time – freedom of expression assumed a strategic importance. Indeed, the attacks on freedom of the newest forms of communication can be seen as similar to those suffered by the printed press at the birth of that medium.

The Pannunzio Society also takes inspiration from the civil battles conducted by  “Il Mondo” ("The World") newspaper and by its editor and founder, Mario Pannunzio, as well as by the “Salvemini Movement.”

The Pannunzio Society does not support any political party, and invites as members all those European citizens, across the entire political and ideological spectrum, who are concerned about the miserable state of information.

The Pannunzio Society, which grows by cooptation and by the membership of supporters, has determined that journalists may not exceed one-third of the membership, precisely to underscore that the Society's action is alien to the corporate spirit and concerns every conscious citizen.

 

 

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