The Press: Red Ink in Italy

In Rome's most modern newspaper plant, the well-oiled whir of the new Czech presses could not drown the hollow clunk of the empty cash register. L'Unità, the free world's biggest Communist newspaper and second biggest daily in Italy (after Milan's conservative Corriere della Sera), was as deep in the red as in the Red.

Last week L'Unità folded its once-thriving editions in industrial Turin and Genoa, announced that its sole surviving regional edition in Milan will now serve all three cities—a feat comparable to making over a Pittsburgh daily for readers in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Beyond that, the paper was reduced to...

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