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.
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.