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  • Reporter: Massimo Triulzi
  • Date: 2011-03-15
  • Score: 6
  • Link to Article:
  • Reporting faults and errors: Fabricated story; primary source is an interview with a pizza boy (!)
  • Description: Headline: "I got a phone call: run while you can". Interview with "Peppe the pizzaiolo" a Tokyo resident who decided to stay in Tokyo in spite of the danger. Peppe's assessment of the situation in Tokyo: "The city is empty, the streets are deserted. Everyone is shut in their houses. Shops are closed and food stores have nothing to sell. Some areas of the city are out of water and electricity works intermittently. It seems to be in a ghost town" (La città è vuota, per le strade non c’è più nessuno: sono tutti chiusi nelle case. I negozi sono serrati e gli alimentari non hanno più nulla da vendere, in alcune zone della città non c’è l’acqua e l’elettricità funziona solo ogni tanto. Sembra di essere in una città fantasma). 
  • The rest of the article exalts Peppe's bravery and love for the city that welcomed him.
  • JPquake Editor: AHM


  • Reporter: Adriano Celentano
  • Date: 2011-03-16
  • Score: 4
  • Link to Article:
  • Reporting faults and errors: Nuttiness as news
  • Description: This is one of the national papers in Italy. In Italy there will be a referendum on nuclear power in a few months. In Italy, anti-nuclearists are gaining support after Fukushima., This is not bad in itself, apart form the very populist and poorly scientific arguments moved in favour of the anti-nuclearist community.

    For example, the paper publishes a letter against nuclear power. the letter was written by a very eminent 'expert': a comedian.

    His arguments are impressively populistic, eg nature is punishing us with tsunamis after nuclear experiments in the pacific, or half of the surface of the planet is already filled with nuclear waste...
  • JPquake Editor: AHM



  • Reporter: Simona Ravizza
  • Date: 2011-03-22
  • Score: 7
  • Link to Article:
  • Reporting faults and errors: Sensationalist coverage of inane trivia; not news
  • Description: The article is inaccurate. It says that Italians coming from Japan have been checked at Niguarda hospital in Milan and "their level of radioactivity is not high". The fact is that the author doesn't say what has been found in their urine and how much radioactivity they absorbed in Japan, if they did. «Sono lievemente alterati solo i valori delle urine - spiega il direttore sanitario del Niguarda, Giuseppe Gianduso -. I pazienti stanno espellendo dall'organismo la radioattività assorbita in Giappone. Ma in una quantità minima, che non comporta pericoli per la salute». Radiation exists in nature and can be absorbed when you are on a long haul flight. It should be clarified what is detected (is it really "radioactivity" from Fukushima?) and what the connection with Japan is, otherwise common people could be lead to believe that all Italians who are coming or will come from Japan are "contaminated", whether the level of contamination is low or high. Moreover, the instruments used to check the Italians are described as "having names too scary to be said". This is bad journalism, aimed at creating more sensationalism and increasing public fear surrounding nuclear issues.
  • JPquake Editor: AHM, KR


  • Reporter: E. Burchia (translator)
  • Date: 2011-03-26
  • Score: 7
  • Link to Article: a translation of  
  • Reporting faults and errors: Sensationalist coverage of inane trivia; not news
  • Description: "Paure nucleari: negli USA i bunker vanno a ruba /rifugi a cinque stelle, dopo l'11 marzo vendite decuplicate", that in English translates in "Nuclear fears: in USA bunkers sell like crazy /5-stars bunkers: after March 11 sales have rised by a factor 10"
    The Italian article is an interpretation of a article. Reading the text of the article, you will NOT find any strong link with Fukushima...rather it is linked with the fear for natural catostrophes, nuclear war, etc...of of extremely few people who believe in the end of the world (the bunkers company sell an average of 4 bunkers per year, and this year they got 12 (TWELVE, WOW!!!!!) orders...that's an awful lot to make such big news, we have to admit :)))
  • JPquake Editor: AHM