Held on March 16, 2014, the referendum asked the people of
Crimea whether they wanted to join Russia as a federal
subject, or if they wanted to restore the 1992 Crimean
constitution as a part of Ukraine. On March 17, the results
were in Russia’s favour and its president Vladimir Putin
signed decree recognising Crimea as sovereign state. The
referendum was not recognised by the U.S. and Russia was
suspended from the G8. Our task was to observe the press
releases of the italian political newspaper “Corriere Della
Sera” and comment on the extent the issue took.
“Corriere della Sera” front page
❖ The issue is located in the middle of
the front page!
❖ The articles about the Ukrainian crisis
are on pages 2,3,4 and 5!
❖ It is clearly a major issue of the
newspaper international headlines!
❖ Generally, the column of the front
page is mildly written in a neutral tone!
❖ The author uses two phrases: “Russia
is being punished” and “the leaders
condemned” referring to Russia’s
illegal practices, which prepay a
Obama: “I hope that Russia is making the right choices. There is
also the NATO”
❖ Neutral tone!
❖ Use of direct speech, quoting
statements made by politicians;
Obama, the Russian Foreign
Minister Lavrov and
❖ There are no special comments
❖ Also without any reliance on
Russia is punished: “Out of the G8”
Moscow: “We maintain the contacts”
Apart from the title, in which the
author uses the word
“punished”, the article has the
same characteristics as the
❖ Neutral tone!
❖ Use of direct speech!
❖ No special comments!
❖ No reliance on emotion
We could say that the newspaper gave a great importance
to the issue of the Crimean Referendum and chose to stay
impartial, citing the incidents based on primary sources.
Therefore, the reader is able to form his own opinion.