“La Rai responded to the request for access presented by Codacons, by categorically refusing to provide the association with data relating to the televised votes of viewers received during the singing festival last February.” The complaint comes from the press office of the consumer association which reports in a note: “The day after the last episode of the Festival, characterized by some poor services and technical problems which had affected the TV voting system, Codacons presented a request formal access to Rai to request all the data on the votes expressed by the various members of the press room and the radio juries; valid votes collected by televoting; those invalidated and the reasons linked thereto; data concerning votes cast by the public from their homes and not collected by the system due to technical disruptions”. “Today – the note continues – comes the response from Rai which, by refusing these documents to the association of consumers, believes that “The Sanremo Festival is a program with the objective of a television singing broadcast and therefore all activities related to juries and voting must be understood as referring to the internal discipline of the competition regulations, based on the legality of the singing competition but separated from any public interest objective'”. The response to Codacons was provided by the Directorate of Legal and Corporate Affairs of Rai in a letter. “For Rai, therefore, the expenses incurred by viewers to vote on television on the singers competing in Sanremo do not are not a matter of public interest, and the data on televoting must be covered by secrecy – commented President Carlo Rienzi to LaPresse – A frankly incomprehensible position, which brings us now, also following the recent reports on the case disseminated by “Striscia la notizia”, ​​​​to appeal the network's refusal to the Commission for Access to Administrative Documents of the Presidency of the Council, so that it can order the company to guarantee transparency to users and show the requested data.

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