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Oggi in Italia: the voice of truth and peace in cold war Italy

Cooke, P.E. (2007) Oggi in Italia: the voice of truth and peace in cold war Italy. Modern Italy, 12 (2). pp. 251-266. ISSN 1353-2944

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Abstract

Based on archival materials in Italy and the Czech Republic, the article examines the history of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) radio programme 'Oggi in Italia', which was broadcast from Prague to Italy throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The programme was produced clandestinely by former partisans who had fled to Czechoslovakia in order to escape prosecution during the 'trial of the Resistance' (processo alla Resistenza). 'Oggi in Italia' was a central element in the PCI's media strategy, particularly during the Cold War, when access to the official airwaves was circumscribed. The programme was thus a key element of the long-term legacy of the Resistance movement, but also played a highly significant role in the wider process of negotiation between the Communist parties of Italy, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union.