Making Monsters

Silvio Berlusconi’s trial plays like a melodramatic soap opera. A powerful politician, lavish sex-fuelled parties, and an exotic foreigner with a shady past – the media couldn’t ask for a more sellable story. Indeed, Berlusconi’s trial has been splashed over newspapers and grabbed headlines worldwide since the scandal broke. Yet several aspects of the Berlusconi…

Satire is a Dangerous Business in Venezuela

With national elections looming, the health of Venezuelan democracy may depend on the freedom of opinion in the media—including the political cartoonists. A year ago, Rayma Suprani found herself facing up to 30 years imprisonment for threatening to undermine the Venezuelan government, and labelled one of a group of terrorists whose subversive activity was harmful…