Newly elected Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni pledged to fight antisemitism at a ceremony in Rome held to honour Jewish journalists persecuted under fascist-era racial laws.
On Tuesday, December 13, Italy’s hard-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni pledged to fight “every kind of discrimination and antisemitism” as she unveiled a plaque for 35 Jewish journalists persecuted under fascist-era racial laws, reports the Euronews.
Meloni, who has been serving as Italy’s prime minister since October 22, 2022, is strives to show that her right-wing Brothers of Italy party belongs to the conservative mainstream, despite its far-right roots.
In her maiden speech to parliament in October, Meloni said she has “never felt any sympathy for regimes, fascism included,” and that Italy’s antisemitic racial laws of 1938 had been “the lowest point of Italian history, a shame that will taint our people forever.”
She reaffirmed her views during the ceremony in Rome at the headquarters of the association of journalists.
“We have not yet won the fight against discrimination and antisemitism,” she said, adding that the Italian government is “ready, focused to do its part to fight every kind of discrimination and anti-Semitism that threatens to be present among us.”
Those journalists honoured were barred from doing their job under fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.