History and profile
Founded in Rome in 1952 by Franz Turchi, Secolo d'Italia was later close to the centre-right former political party The People of Freedom, which was led by former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi.
Between 1963 and 1995, it was the official organ of the post-fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI). Later, it followed the MSI's transition to the national conservative National Alliance (AN). It had a circulation of about 10,000, but increased to 30,000 with the creation of the AN.
The newspaper was affiliated to AN from 1995 to 2009, when AN merged into The People of Freedom. It bore the banner "Newspaper of The People of Freedom" until 2010 when former MSI/AN leader Gianfranco Fini broke away and set up his new party, Future and Freedom (FLI). The newspaper then supported FLI, which has since dissolved. The editorial board, appointed by the Fondazione Alleanza Nazionale (which administers the assets and properties of the former MSI/AN), is inclined to choose an editor representing all the factions of the formerly post-fascist movement.
Flavia Perina was the first female editor of Secolo d'Italia who appointed to the post in 2000.
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- (in Italian) Secolo d'Italia official website