Luigi Pintor (politician)

Luigi Pintor (18 September 1925 – 17 May 2003) was an Italian left-wing politician and journalist.

Luigi Pintor
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
4 June 1968 – 24 May 1972
In office
2 July 1987 – 22 April 1992
Personal details
Born(1925-09-18)18 September 1925
Rome, Italy
Died17 May 2003(2003-05-17) (aged 77)
Rome, Italy
Political partyPCI (1948-1974)
PUPC (1974-1984)
Independent Left (1987-1992)
OccupationJournalist, politician


After spending his childhood in Cagliari and acquiring the gymnasium license, at the outbreak of World War II Pintor left Sardinia to reach Rome with his mother and two sisters,[1] where, shortly after, he learned of his father's death.[2]

He joined the Italian resistance movement in 1943 as a member of the Patriotic Action Groups, after learning that his brother Giaime was killed after stepped on a mine.[2] On 14 May 1944, Pintor was arrested by the fascists, tortured and imprisoned at Regina Coeli, waiting for a death sentence; luckily, Pintor was freed one month later during the Liberation of Rome.[3]

After the end of the war, Pintor began his journalistic career at L'Unità, becoming co-editor-in-chief of the Roman edition. He left L'Unità in 1965.[4]

A member of the Italian Communist Party, Pintor was very close to the left-wing of the party, lead by Pietro Ingrao, and opposed Giorgio Amendola's project of unifying the PCI with other left-wing of centre-left parties.

After the 1968 election, Pintor is elected to the Chamber of Deputies with the Italian Communist Party, which he left after the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. In 1969, Pintor is one of the founders, together with Lucio Magri, Rossana Rossanda and Luciana Castellina, of the left-wing newspaper Il manifesto: Pintor is later appointed editor-in-chief from 1971 to 1975, from 1976 to 1978 and from 1991 to 1995.

In the 1980s, after having been a member of the Proletarian Unity Party for Communism, Pintor was again elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the 1987 election as an independent in the list of the PCI, and joined the parliamentary group of the Independent Left.

After the end of his political career, Pintor has continued to write on Il manifesto until his death on 17 May 2003, at the age of 77.[5]


  1. ^ "Luigi Pintor - Senza confini". 13 September 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Luigi Pintor, la lezione di un eretico". La Repubblica. 18 May 2003. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Donne e Uomini della Resistenza: Luigi Pintor". 25 July 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  4. ^ "È morto a Roma Luigi Pintor, coscienza critica della sinistra". La Repubblica. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  5. ^ "È morto a Roma Luigi Pintor". La Repubblica. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 20 October 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Files about his parliamentary activities (in Italian): V, X legislature.