installed uncertainties

A chronicle by a highly regarded Italian journalist raised suspicions of promoting fake news

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Michele Serra, a writer and journalist who for years has maintained a chronicle space with a loyal audience in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, dedicated one of the most recent chronicles to the cancellation of the performance, in the Italian city of Lonigo, of the ballet “Lago dos Cisnes ”, by the Ukrainian National Dance Corps, at the last minute instigated by the Ukrainian National Opera and the Kiev Ministry of Culture, to remove that ballet from the repertoire, considering that “Swan Lake” is a ballet by the composer Russian Tchaikovsky.

Serra defended, in that chronicle, that preventing Ukrainian dancers from dancing “Swan Lake” because this ballet, written a century and a half ago, was by a Russian composer, will be a sign that Putin is winning the war unleashed in Ukraine. . Even considering the official justification of such censorship in reaction to the recent and serious events that took place in Bucha, in Hostomel and in Mariupol, three of the Ukrainian cities whose civilian populations are among those that have already been victims of very serious military atrocities.

Regardless of these readings, what I want to highlight today, here and now, was the doubt that arose among more attentive readers, with the suspicion that Michele Serra could be spreading false information by taking for granted that the National Opera of Ukraine and the Kiev Ministry of Culture had “ordered” the Ukrainian National Ball Corps to stop dancing Russian Tchaikovsky.

The searches to confirm, in other sources, this prohibition, proved to be, at first, fruitless - the news did not appear anywhere, which favored the idea that we were being victims of disinformation, consciously or unconsciously, caused by a writer and renowned journalist like Michele Serra, an intellectual for whom “memory is like cholesterol”, that is, there is a good memory and a bad memory.

In fact, such a case occurred as Serra described it and was made public by a note from the Teatro Comunal de Lonigo, a note whose dissemination was scarce and almost only restricted to the press in the province of Vicenza (Veneto region) to which the commune (municipality of ) of Longo. That was enough to install uncertainties, despite the prestige of the newspaper and the journalist who guaranteed that information.



Author Júlio Roldão, a journalist since 1977, was born in Porto in 1953, studied in Coimbra, where he spent, in the 70s, at the Teatro dos Estudantes and the Círculo de Artes Plásticas, having, in 1984, returned to Porto, where he lives.