Vladimir Putin congratulated La Stampa’s editorial staff and readers on the 150th anniversary of the newspaper’s first issue.
The congratulatory message reads, in part:
“Congratulations on the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first issue of La Stampa, one of the oldest periodicals in Italy and all of Europe, a continent traditionally known for such values as freedom of expression, objectivity, impartiality and the readiness to allow any viewpoint to find its way to the reader. However, over the past several years, some of the most influential media outlets in Europe have turned into a tool to manipulate public opinion. Information wars have become a daily reality. The co-opted media prefer to present a distorted picture of what is going on to suit entrenched interests, and planted news stories have begun not only to ruin individual lives but also to redefine the political landscape of entire countries.
La Stampa is a model of journalism’s traditional values. Your publication gives voice to people with different views and provides good opportunities for constructive discussion. As a result, it is invariably marked by a profound and comprehensive analysis of current events, objectivity and well-substantiated evaluations.
Your staff writers have always been true professionals who sincerely love and know their trade and who firmly adhere to the lofty principles of journalistic ethics. Your highly professional work and responsible civic stance contribute to strengthening trust and mutual understanding among people from various countries and help address the pressing problems of modern society.”
February 9, 2017