il Fatto Quotidiano
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Front page of the first issue of the newspaper on 23 September 2009.
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A.
EditorMarco Travaglio
Founded23 September 2009
Political alignmentLeft-wing populism
HeadquartersRome, Italy
Circulation53,242 (September 2022)[1]

il Fatto Quotidiano (English: "The Daily Fact") is an Italian daily newspaper owned by Editoriale Il Fatto SpA published in Rome, Italy. It was founded on 23 September 2009 and was edited by Antonio Padellaro until 2015, when Marco Travaglio became the editor.[2][3]

According to several observers commenting articles[4][5] (including the paper's co-founder Michele Santoro[6][7] and former contributor Luca Telese[8]), the paper is politically close to the Five Star Movement. The newspaper anyway, has also been critic of the Five Star Movement.[9]

According to other observers commenting articles,[10] the newspaper is Left-wing.

According to other observers commenting articles,[11] the newspaper is Right-wing.

As per property status-quo and reputation, the newspaper results to be free independent press.[12][13][14]


Late within 2008, Marco Travaglio was asked by fellow journalist Massimo Fini to advertise the latter's newly founded magazine, La Voce del Ribelle ("The Rebel's Voice"), on the former's blog,, with the objective of gathering "a few hundred subscriptions". Thousands of people answered, allowing Fini's magazine to succeed.[15] Because of this success, Travaglio started considering the idea of using his blog to launch a new newspaper, independent from public funding.[15]

The intention of publishing a new national newspaper was announced by Marco Travaglio on his blog, on 1 June 2009.[16] The title il Fatto Quotidiano ("The Daily Fact") was chosen as a homage to journalist Enzo Biagi,[16] who was purged from state television RAI at prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's request, and whose hugely successful daily ten-minute prime-time news commentary on Rai Uno, named Il Fatto, was removed from programming. The newspaper could not just be named "Il Fatto" because RAI, the Italian public broadcast vetoed it mentioning name ownership, even if its very management was the one who put it off the air.

In June 2009, l'Antefatto,[17] a promotional website, was set up containing information about subscription and the development of the project.[16]

The publisher stated he would not use the Italian state advertising and funding to run the newspaper but instead he would use only money from sales and market advertisements.[16]

The first issue, printed in 100,000 copies in addition to 32,000 subscriptions, was already sold out before 8:00 AM on 23 September, even though distribution was limited to the largest cities. As a consequence, the newspaper announced it would immediately double the number of copies and publish the first issue, free of charge, on the Internet.[18][19]

It is considered close to the Five Star Movement (M5S).[20] The pro-M5S line of the paper has caused internal clashes in the editorial staff and contributed to the resignation of several journalists, including Luca Telese,[8] Michele Santoro,[6][7] Davide Vecchi,[21] and Stefano Feltri.[22]

Following the start of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, journalist and co-founder Furio Colombo said the paper had taken a pro-Russian stance. Colombo resigned from the paper due to its hiring of Italian: Alessandro Orsini. He was also critical of the theories of fellow columnist Massimo Fini [it] on the German occupation of Italy during WW2.[23][24] Its reporting on the war has been seen as so pro-Russia and pro-Putin that the Russian embassy has praised and retweet it.[25][26][27]


il Fatto Quotidiano is published by Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A., an Italian company. The company regulation states that up to 70% of the shares can be owned by entrepreneurs, but no one of them can own more than 16% of the share capital, estimated in 600,000 euros.[12] The remaining 30% of the shares is owned by the newspaper columnists.[12] Therefore, no important choice can be made without the consent of the columnists as a 70% majority + 1 is needed to carry out decisions about the newspaper policy or editor election.[12] The managing director is Giorgio Poidomani.

Format and circulation

il Fatto Quotidiano is printed in the compact format and full colour. It is distributed in Italy by post and through over 25,000 newsagents in the major Italian towns and regions.[28][29] A significant fraction of the readership, about one fifth,[30] is made out of subscriptions to the PDF version of the newspaper.

The circulation of il Fatto Quotidiano was 113,000 copies on 25 December 2009.[30] The paper had a circulation of 78,669 copies in 2010.[31]




  1. ^ Dati settembre 2022
  2. ^ "Il Fatto Quotidiano - Antonio Padellaro". (in Italian). Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Il Fatto Quotidiano - Marco Travaglio". (in Italian). Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  4. ^ Branca, Paolo (26 July 2018). "Il Fatto, organo di partito nell'Italia gialloverde". Strisciarossa (in Italian).
  5. ^ Di Sanzio, Domenico (23 August 2021). "Da M5s a "Pdf", il partito del "Fatto"". Il Giornale (in Italian).
  6. ^ a b "Michele Santoro contro Travaglio: "Ridicolo che tutto il Fatto sia per il No"". Blitz Quotidiano (in Italian). 27 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b Merlo, Salvatore (26 November 2016). "L’anno due di Michele Santoro". Il Foglio (in Italian).
  8. ^ a b Frenda, Angela (7 June 2012). "Telese: addio «Fatto», fondo il mio giornale". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).
  9. ^ Travaglio, Marco (10 July 2021). "Editoriale, Il Fatto Quotidiano, 10 Luglio 2021 (on paper or online archive for subscribers)" (in Italian).
  10. ^ Rangeri, Norma (27 June 2018). "C'è vita a sinistra, il Fatto Quotidiano e il coniglio del manifesto (translated)". Il Manifesto.
  11. ^ ""Il Fatto" di Travaglio esalta il fascista D'Annunzio (translated)". Mondonuovo News. 23 September 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d Giorgio Poidomani, Senza Padroni in il Fatto Quotidiano page 22 published on 23 September 2009 (in Italian)
  13. ^ "OSCE Media Representative condemns intimidation of journalists in Italy". OSCE. 14 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Il Fatto online is Italy's third most-visited news site". WAN IFRA. 14 March 2011.
  15. ^ a b La Voce del Ribelle, a year later, by Marco Travaglio on his blog.
  16. ^ a b c d – Marco Travaglio – Abbonatevi al Fatto (in Italian)
  17. ^ "Presentazione de "L'Antefatto"" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 30 August 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  18. ^ The first issue of Il Fatto, Marco Travaglio.
  19. ^ First issue of Il Fatto.
  20. ^ "'Tired' Grillo overhauls leadership of Italy's 5-Star Movement". Reuters. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  21. ^ "Gli Angelucci strappano Davide Vecchi al Fatto Quotidiano e lo mettono a dirigere i Corrierini". Dagospia. 4 November 2018.
  22. ^ Fattorini, Marco (5 May 2020). "Giovane e brillante, liberale e manettaro, ecco chi è Stefano Zelig Feltri". Linkiesta.
  23. ^ D'Arcais, Paolo Flores (17 May 2022). "Furio Colombo: "Ecco perché ho lasciato Il Fatto Quotidiano"". MicroMega (in Italian).
  24. ^ Furio Colombo (19 May 2022). "Putin il lupo e i porcellini". La Repubblica (in Italian). Archived from the original on 22 June 2022. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  25. ^ "Infowars: Putin's propaganda permeates Italian media". POLITICO. 20 May 2022. Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  26. ^ "L'ambasciata russa elogia Il Fatto Quotidiano che svela le «bugie» sul conflitto. Il voltafaccio di Travaglio". (in Italian). Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  27. ^ "Ucraina, l'ambasciata russa elogia Marco Travaglio: "Guerra nata dalla troppe bugie"". (in Italian). Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  28. ^ "il Fatto Quotidiano: distribuzione in citta' e pronvincie" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 23 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  29. ^ "Dove arriva Il Fatto e perché". il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 22 September 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  30. ^ a b The Fatto's facts, by Antonio Padellaro (in Italian)
  31. ^ "National Newspapers". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 March 2015.