[HCDX] Italy threatens to silence Vatican Radio
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[HCDX] Italy threatens to silence Vatican Radio

BBC had the following news in the air recently:

Italy threatens to silence Vatican

The radio station broadcasts the Pope's messages

Italy has threatened to cut off electricity supplies to the Vatican's radio 
station because it says the station's transmitters are causing magnetic 
People living near the radio station have complained of a series of health 
problems, including cases of leukaemia.

It's an extreme decision I hope I won't have to take

Environment Minister Willer Bordon
The Vatican has been ordered to reduce the magnetic fields from 18 volts per 
metre to six per metre in accordance with Italian law - even though the 
radio station is on land considered to be international territory.

When the 440 hectare (960 acre) opened in 1951, the area was sparsely 
populated - but now, about 100,000 people live nearby.

Environment Minister Willer Bordon has given the Vatican 15 days to cut the 
pollution at the station, based in Santa Maria di Galeria, 30km (19 miles) 
north of Rome.

"It's an extreme decision I hope I won't have to take," Mr Bordon told 

Mr Bordon said electric lights in homes near the site come on by themselves, 
and if someone opens a refrigerator, or the doorbell rings, they hear a 
Vatican Radio broadcast.


La Repubblica newspaper quoted figures from Lazio public health authority 
which said children living near the transmitters were six times more likely 
to get leukaemia than those living in the rest of the region.

The antennas violate Italian law

The Vatican has argued that the radio station does not have to comply with 
Italian law because of the 1929 pact with Italy that established Vatican 
City as an independent city-state. But Mr Bordon said it was legally 
possible to take action against the station because local people were at 

The Vatican has denied any scientifically proven link between 
electro-magnetic waves and illness.

Vatican Radio said it was "astonished" by the threat to cut the station's 
power supply and that it did not contribute to the "calm climate" needed to 
resolve the dispute.

Legal proceedings against three Vatican Radio executives were due to start 
in Rome on Monday but have been postponed until September.

A forest of antennas beam Vatican broadcasts around the world. Italian 
ministers do not know whether the radio would still reach all its listene

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