Indro Montanelli is considered one of the most celebrated Italian journalists of the 20th century. Beginning his career working for publications like Il Selvaggio and the Universale, his views of fascism started to fade with the elimination of the Universale and other works that openly expressed opinions on fascism. In 1934, he began writing for the Paris daily newspaper Paris Soir, focusing first on crime and then as a foreign correspondent in Norway and Canada. Once in the United States, Indro began working for the United Press. He wrote in a simplistic and uncomplicated style, differentiating him in the realm of Italian journalism. His work was approachable and easy for the public to remember.
During the Second Italo-Abyssinian War, Indro stopped working with the United Press and began following the war as a voluntary conscript. He wrote many letters to his father about the war, and without his knowledge, his father began sending them to famous journalists to publish regularly in Il Corriere della Sera.
Once Indro came back from Abyssinia, he began working as a foreign correspondent for Il Messaggero. He witnessed the Spanish Civil War first hand on the side of Francisco Franco's troops. He then became a foreign correspondent for Corriere della Sera from Estonia and Albania. Eventually, he was captured by the Germans and condemned to death. He was rescued from prison in 1944 while conspirators arranged for his transfer to Verona.
During his final years, Indro continued writing for Corriere della Sera from Milan. He broke in 1973 and began his own daily called Il Giornale. In 1977, he was shot four times in the legs by men from the Red Brigades. In 1994, he won the International Editor of the Year Award from the World Press Review. He died in 2001.
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