Media´s Controversial Roles/impact on/in Examples of (un)Covering Fraud with EU Funds

Type: · Author(s): Andrey Skolkay · Published:
The key political roles of the media include providing information, checking the accountability of public figures and authorities, and creating a space for public debate. Among these roles, (un)covering corruption in its various forms is certainly a great task which may also be of great interest for the media. Reporting on occurrences of corruption or […] Read More

Representations of Corruption in the British, French, and Italian Press: Audience Segmentation and the Lack of Unanimously Shared Indignation

Type: · Author(s): Paolo Mancini, Marco Mazzoni, Alessio Cornia, Rita Marchetti · Published:
As part of a larger European Union (EU)-funded project, this paper investigates the coverage of corruption and related topics in three European democracies: France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Based on Freedom House data, these countries are characterized by different levels of press freedom. A large corpus of newspaper articles (107,248 articles) from the period […] Read More

Media coverage of corruption: the role of inter-media agenda setting in the context of media reporting on scandals

Type: · Author(s): Andrej Školkay, Alena Ištoková · Published:
The study focuses on two Slovak corruption cases, both well-documented and of similar social relevance, of which one did not receive any cross-media coverage. Moreover, the case of large-scale bribery was rather under-hyped in comparison to other major corruption scandals occurring in the country. The case of cronyism formed a typical example of extremely poor […] Read More

Collusion between politicians and journalists in the context of wiretapping of journalists

Type: · Author(s): Andrej Školkay · Published:
This case study reports about the collusion scandal behind the widespread wiretapping operations of various journalists. The report, however, focuses mainly on one part of the affair, namely the clear collusion between a journalist from the daily Pravda, and a top politician – a Member of Parliament, whose conversations were also recorded. MP Robert Kaliňák […] Read More

Can a “Lone wolf” quasi-investigative journalist substitute low functionality of the law enforcement system?

Type: · Author(s): Andrej Školkay · Published:
The present article analyzes a relatively unusual case, in which a quasi-investigative journalist, working in an entirely independent capacity, succeeded in uncovering and foiling an international money laundering attempt. This extremely significant story reveals the existence of a complex legal framework for tackling money-laundering operations in the EU. In this particular instance, local police and […] Read More

Centripetal and Centrifugal Corruption in Post-democratic Italy

Type: · Author(s): Donatella della Porta, Salvatore Sberna and Alberto Vannucci · Published:
This chapter examines two episodes of large-scale corruption that erupted in 2014: the procurements process for the MOSE tidal barrier project, which is intended to surround and protect Venice, and the contracts signed in the run-up to Expo 2015 in Milan. The chapter shows how networks of corruption have survived the “clean hands” scandal of […] Read More

“It’s the politics, stupid!”. The politicization of anti-corruption in Italy

Type: · Author(s): Salvatore Sberna, Alberto Vannucci · Published:
This article aims to analyze the relationship between judicial activism against political corruption and electoral accountability. The judiciary plays a pivotal role in enforcing anti-corruption legislation, and, in many countries, courts have moved closer and closer towards that kind of working. In the article, we analyze the conditions under which a judicial prosecution of corrupt […] Read More