Creating Counterpublics Against the Italian Mafia:Cultural Conquerors of Web-Based Media.

Published: October 2013

This study aims to develop insight into the new media’s struggle against the Mafi a in Italy using the Libera Informazione, an anti-Mafi a civil society organisation established in 2007, as a case study. The article argues that the endeavours of the Libera Informazione are aimed at creating a public1 sphere for anti-Mafi a entries in the media and subsequently renewing public culture through channels in the constructed public sphere. During this process, communication strategies aim to inform the public at the local and national levels to increase consciousness about the political-criminal nexus and activities of the Mafi a groups. Drawing on anthropological, moral, and reformist models of journalism, the author asserts that such a struggle is attainable in the long run, as it requires a consistent eff ort and inspiration, which already exist in the struggle of anti-Mafia media establishments against the Mafi a in Italy.

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