Italy's state broadcaster under fire for invitation alleged mafia boss to TV show
Politicians have blasted Rai Uno's Porta a Porta programme for hosting the daughter and grandson of the late Vittorio Casamonica on Tuesday evening, the Il Giornale newspaper reports. Officials say Casamonica - whose extravagant funeral made headlines in August - headed a Rome-based clan which is accused of racketeering, extortion and drug trafficking.
During the interview, Vera Casamonica told host Bruno Vespa - one of Italy's best-known journalists - that her father was "not a boss" and that people referred to him as "pope" because "he was too good, like Pope Francis". Vespa noted while on air that neither of his guests had a criminal record, and said public service television "has to cover everything".
But that hasn't been enough to placate the critics. "I feel offended as mayor of the capital and as a citizen who pays the TV licence fee," Mayor Ignazio Marino tells La Stampa. Marino has called for an investigation into the broadcast. His deputy, Marco Causi, says he hopes "that someone at Rai has the good taste to apologise to Rome, to Romans and to all citizens".
It has also ignited a debate on social media, where many Italians describe the broadcast as "shameful".