[QODLink]
People & Power
Beppe's Blog
The story of the prime-time comedian come blogger denouncing Italy's politicians.
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2008 07:57 GMT
Grillo no longer sees the funny
side of Italian politics [EPA]

Italy has just elected its 62nd government in 63 years. The country has once again given mandate to media magnate Silvio Berlusconi to restore the country's tumbling economy.

But some Italians think the country doesn't need new policies as much as it needs new politicians. And the loudest of these voices belongs to Beppe Grillo.

Grillo used to be a prime-time comedian on Italian television but was blacklisted due to a barbed political joke.

Consequently, four years ago, he opened a blog in which he began denouncing the wrongdoing of Italy's political class. The blog was remarkable a success, soon becoming one of the most read in the world.

On the back of this success, Grillo organised rallies all over the country, attracting more than a million people and his movement has since encouraged the creation of so-called Civic Lists, groups of citizens which run for local elections with Grillo's blessing and support.

Watch part 1



Watch Part 2


To contact us click on 'Send your feedback' at the top of the page

Find out more about the programme

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/peopleandpower/

Join our debates on the Your Views page

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.