Thursday, August 26th 2010 - 05:02 UTC

US closely following Argentine debate on freedom of the press

United States Department of State Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said President Barack Obama's administration is “closely” watching the debate on press freedom in Argentina.

Argentine cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez

The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) deemed the government's plan to regulate production of newsprint “unconstitutional” and aimed at “controlling media.”

“There is a strong debate going on in Argentina. We are closely watching these developments. Obviously, we take worries about freedom of the press very seriously,” Toner told reporters.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman dismissed remarks by Isidoro Graiver, brother of the late Papel Prensa majority stockholder David Graiver, who said the family's shares in the newsprint mill were sold “freely,” without “threats or extortion,” to the newspapers Clarín, La Nación and La Razón in 1976, the first year of the last military dictatorship.

Graiver stressed in an advertisement in the country's largest dailies that “we sold our assets under the best conditions we could obtain, without threats, extortion and in freedom.”

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1 Conqueror (#) Aug 26th, 2010 - 02:03 pm Report abuse
Looks like Argentina has really got the attention of the world's press this time!

How nice that Fernandez and Timerman “dismiss” the remarks of the brother of the previous majority shareholder.
2 avargas2001 (#) Aug 26th, 2010 - 05:25 pm Report abuse
Papel Prensa was a state company that was fraudulently acquired by David Graiver,who was a banker who managed “montonero funds”. Graiver was killed in a plane crash in 1976, in 1978 he was indicted for embezzlement by Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau. Gravier's widow was imprisoned by the military junta, she was tortured in a nazi gestapo fashion, and forced to surrender all title and rights of Papel Prensa to Clarin and Nacion newspapers. The widow survived and has come forward to tell the story.
The president of Argentina, has moved in the right direction to recover state property that was twice fraudulently sold.
and the Argentine population supports her 100%, everyone else NOT in Argentina can take their media and shove it in the back end while you cry us a river.
3 ptolemy (#) Aug 26th, 2010 - 05:48 pm Report abuse
2 avargas2001's comment, strictly one-sided, or should I say the Kirchner viewpoint. I suggest to anyone,.. to read around if you don't want the Argentine government's story.
4 avargas2001 (#) Aug 26th, 2010 - 06:17 pm Report abuse
Argentina closely following US capitalists moves intention in Latin America, we the Argentina people also demmand US media outlets in Argentina to pay higher taxes and apply for a media licence and licences fee every month from now on, or licences will be suspended.
5 Conqueror (#) Aug 26th, 2010 - 06:49 pm Report abuse
But, gassy, according to your comment in

“ I believe it will make everyone happy to know that Argentines won't be ignorant no more since we will be reading real news now, give it time guys we have to feed our minds with unbias news and information, all you people were upset because Argentine's where ignorant all that will change now.”

So you want the truth, don't you? So why would you want to penalise outside media outlets?
6 briton (#) Aug 26th, 2010 - 09:37 pm Report abuse
it was rumoured that the Americans had troops of the coast of argentine just in case it was needed to send troops in to restore order,
[just a rumour .]
7 Wireless (#) Aug 26th, 2010 - 11:38 pm Report abuse
I'm sure if Argentina were to pretend it had WMDs, like Iraq did, then the surely history would repeat itself?
8 avargas2001 (#) Aug 27th, 2010 - 07:11 am Report abuse
#5 I am not penalizing any media as a matter of fact I am voicing my support to penalizing anyone who breaks the laws (criminals) including their supporters, even if el clarin and la nacion are the biggest media outlet in Argentina, no one should ever be above the law, no matter who they are or how big, I don't like criminals, unless it is me, then I call it justice.
9 Conqueror (#) Aug 27th, 2010 - 11:48 am Report abuse
Your words from (4) “we the Argentina people also demmand US media outlets in Argentina to pay higher taxes and apply for a media licence and licences fee every month from now on, or licences will be suspended.”

Followed by (9) “ I don't like criminals, unless it is me, then I call it justice.”

A follower of the Anti-Christ doing evil whilst saying it is good.
10 briton (#) Aug 27th, 2010 - 09:09 pm Report abuse
marco if someone is using your name, you seem to be doing very little to deal with it, or is it just your imagination again
11 avargas2001 (#) Aug 31st, 2010 - 04:44 pm Report abuse
What's wrong with media permits ?? USA and Canada has them, every civilized country has them, what wrong with you all ? is everyone in fear Argentina will become civilized and use politics the same way first world nations do, besides it's against the law to have a monopoly on anything.

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