Embargo: a policy for transmitting correct information

Embargo for most relevant press releases

News releases are issued according to a fixed press release calendar arranged in advance at the end of the previous year. For the most relevant issues (Premilinary estimate Consumer prices; Consumer price basket; Preliminary estimate of Gdp; Quarterly national accounts; GDP and General Government deficit; National accounts; Quarterly non-financial account of general government, income and savings of households and profits of non-financial corporations; Employed and unemployed; Labour market; Industrial production; Italy’s economic outlook; Consumer and business confidence) news agencies are granted pre-access to the press releases that are sent to them by e-mail half an hour before the dissemination.

Throughout this time press office staff monitors agencies constantly to ensure the embargo is respected. Failure to comply with the embargo policy  may lead to temporary – or complete, in the case of repeated infractions – suspension of  pre access to data.

Embargo for the release of complex products

To facilitate journalists’ work during the release of particularly complex or data-rich products, Istat uses a range of embargo procedures. In the case of a book publication, the volume will be delivered to the newsrooms 24 hours prior to the publication date.

Access credentials to preview online products, on the other hand, will be granted on receipt of a personal commitment to respect the embargo, sent by email.

Lastly, journalists may be invited to attend an embargo press conference during which the editors of the volume will illustrate the most important aspects.

In all cases, press office staff will monitor the media until the pre-established publication time, in order to ensure compliance with the embargo.