Tuesday, December 27th 2011 - 13:57 UTC

Argentine Media bill: “a dictatorship couldn’t have done it better”

The conservative and influential Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo in an editorial described the Argentine government as an “austral democradura” (authoritarian regime) which is sponsoring legislation “to terrorize the media”.

The Brazilian O Estado de Sao Paulo spared no words to criticize the law

The newspaper was referring to “anti-terrorism” legislation recently passed by the government of Cristina Fernandez intimidating the press and limiting access to newsprint.

“The Argentine government is making the exercise of freedom of the press extremely difficult with acts of intimidation which make honour to a dictatorial regime, a dictatorship couldn’t make it better” said O Estado de Sao Paulo.

Last week the Argentine congress passed two laws: one declaring of national interest the manufacturing, commerce and distribution of newsprint, and another describing series of crimes typified as ‘terrorists’.

The Media law which refers to all forms of journalism and signed by Cristina Fernandez gives the Argentine government control over Papel Prensa, the only newsprint manufacturer in Argentina, thus exposing newspapers to the ‘whims’ of Government House, Casa Rosada, points out the Sao Paulo daily.

The second bill describes as a terrorist crime those acts committed with the purpose of “terrorizing” the population. According to O Estado de Sao Paulo this measure will enable Casa Rosada to consider “terrorist” any news or comment which whoever sits at Government House would not like to be released from corruption claims in government dealings and bids to serious misbalances in government budget figures”.

“This second “liberticide” was more ingenious, an anti terrorist bill to terrorize journalism and the media. The government could appeal to that bill when a run on the banks, financial speculation or any bit of news the Casa Rosada dislikes. A dictatorship couldn’t have done it better”.

The conservative daily and which opposes the Brazilian Workers Party ruling coalition argues that control of the press was the only “obstacle” left for the government of Cristina Fernandez to “convert” her country into an austral version of “democcradura” (authoritarian or ‘strong’ democracy), Chavez style”.

The Argentine Media bill was also criticized last week by the Brazilian Association of Newspapers (ANJ) which described it as “of extreme concern” and a threat to “freedom of the press”.

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1 ChrisR (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 02:13 pm Report abuse
No real surprise that CFK wants/needs to control the coming months 'news' of conflict with the Unions, raging inflation, reducing value of the Pesos, etc, etc.

Even the “Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo” have a veiled threat 'for future abuses by another goverment. They chickened out of criticising Old Turkey Neck herself, probably because they might be the first to get arrested and jailed for the 'terrorist' thoughts.

Perhaps, some day, the poor deluded prats who voted for her (38.6% of the eligible vote did) will wake up and chuck her arse down the road: hopefully before the fat boy inherits the 'dynasty'.
2 O gara (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 02:31 pm Report abuse
Your concerns are touching but with the Clarin group and La Nacion totally oppsed to her the opposition will be heard lod and clear.Unlike the situation in England nobody really criticized the government.
Interestingly Goldman Sachs holds a 10% share in the Clarin group but it seems also in Grupo Estado owner of you guessed it O estado de Sao Paolo.
3 yankeeboy (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 02:48 pm Report abuse
I think soon you will see large foreign owned farms confiscated too.
CFK is “passing” all of these “laws” to get a further stranglehold on power. She is taking her playbook directly from Chavez.
Argentinians are not a smart people but once they realize the gov't can't afford to subsidize their lives any longer there will be blow back. It is just a matter of time and it is fascinating to watch.
She better have the helicopter standing by....
4 Charle (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 02:48 pm Report abuse
Ogara plenty criticise UK government in Uk. The only thing that usually goes uncriticised is Falklands policy because the whole country wishes to see the Human rights of that tiny group of Islands maintained.
5 Sir Rodderick Bodkin (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 03:34 pm Report abuse
@3 ''Argentinians are not a smart people''

Says the guy who voted twice for George Bush. LOL!
6 Teaboy2 (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 03:47 pm Report abuse
@5 “Says the guy who voted twice for George Bush. LOL!”

Pretty dumb response coming from a guy that voted the K's in 3 times ;-))
7 xbarilox (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 04:07 pm Report abuse
This will have serious consequences. We'll see what happens. I said it before, in fact I said it in 2010 the day I post my first comment in these forums. It feels strange and real. No one likes to be ruled by dictators. Will we ever learn?
8 ElaineB (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 04:34 pm Report abuse
Yes, CFK takes direction directly from Chavez. Argentina will be another Venezuela.

The idea that the media do not criticise the government of the UK is risible. Anyone with any real knowledge of the British will know both political satire and critical analysis of the government is alive and well here. In fact whole publications and TV programmes are dedicated to it. Though, to be fair, they ridicule the opposition too.
9 Cero (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 07:05 pm Report abuse
BRITISH GO HOME, YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE, INVADERS, USURPERS, THIEVES
10 wesley mouch (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 07:12 pm Report abuse
The Argentine people deserve their fate. They voted her back in with a legislative plurality. Hopefully the intelligent have moved their assets out of the country already. Americans are not much better off. They did vote for the Affirnmative Action imbecile Obama who also has a terrorist law with which to arrest dissidents. Perhaps Paraguay is the “safe haven” from all this?
11 geo (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 07:30 pm Report abuse
CFK have made even less ......... !!
12 Sir Rodderick Bodkin (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 07:38 pm Report abuse
@6 Pretty dumb response coming from a guy that voted the K's in 3 times ;-))

Pretty dumb response coming from a guy who still lives in the age of queens, castles and knights. ;)
13 King (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 08:00 pm Report abuse
No se debe confundir a CFK con la Nacion Argentina. Soy muy respetuoso del projimo y respeto a los ingleses en su tierra. La ocupacion de Malvinas es una afrenta a mi pais. Asi de simple. Es mejor negociar ahora que devolverlas como Hong Kong.... un abrazo, y sin rencores.
14 geo2 (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 08:08 pm Report abuse
** 13 King

Hong Kong = peach
Malvinas = parsley
15 xbarilox (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 08:24 pm Report abuse
@ 13 NO NO NO, YOU'RE WRONG. CRISTINA DE KIRCHNER IS THE ONLY ONE WHO REPRESENTS OUR ARGENTINE NATION. WHAT SHE SAYS AND DOES, SHE DOES IT IN THE NAME OF THIS NATION. THOSE WHO VOTED CRISTINA DE KIRCHNER GAVE HER THE AUTHORITY TO SPEAK AND ACT IN THE NAME OF OUR NATION, SO ARGENTINA = CRISTINA DE KIRCHNER. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT YOU DO NEXT TIME WHEN YOU VOTE, NOW IT'S TOO LATE TO SAY I'M SORRY. YOU STARTED THIS, NOW LET'S DANCE :)
16 Pugol-H (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 08:35 pm Report abuse
No se debe confundir a CFK con la Nacion Argentina. Can someone tell me what this means please, I think I got the rest.
17 jerry (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 10:11 pm Report abuse
15 xbarilox - Unfortunately, you have it correct. Too many people in Argentina believe that they have a “democracy” because they get to vote. They are rapidly approaching a dictatorship, but seem too lackadaisical to care.
18 King (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 11:31 pm
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19 xbarilox (#) Dec 27th, 2011 - 11:46 pm Report abuse
Another one found dead. Another Kirchnerist this time in Bolivia. Antonio Deimundo Escóbar was found dead in Yacuiba, Bolivia. He loved belts too. Who's next? Didn't I say that blood would run? I know there isn't blood this time, but it's the same. This looks like Final Destination. One by one.

@ 17 Can you imagine what will be like in this country in next months? I don't even want to think about it. How can someone in his own mind believe that the islanders would want to be part of this whatever this is in Argentina?

@ 18 Thank God (whatever) I'm not like you, Mr. Tolerance :)
20 briton (#) Dec 28th, 2011 - 02:40 am Report abuse
9 Cero (
BRITISH GO HOME, YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE, INVADERS, USURPERS, THIEVES

[such childish remarks from children just shames a once great country,]
Buy hey, that’s what indoctrination does to one people ]
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21 jerry (#) Dec 28th, 2011 - 05:26 am Report abuse
17 - I do not understand your comment about “islanders”. I am neither an islander nor an Argentine. But, I still know what is going on in Argentina.
22 Conqueror (#) Dec 28th, 2011 - 04:42 pm Report abuse
@9 SPANISH GO HOME, YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE, INVADERS, USURPERS, THIEVES
23 Philippe (#) Dec 28th, 2011 - 07:57 pm Report abuse
Incidentally, “O Estado de Sao Paulo” is probably the best Latin American newspaper. So, whatever it publishes should be considered seriously, yes seriously!
It is all too clear that Argentinians have the fascistic factor in their weak minds since the times of “General” Peron.

Philippe
24 yankeeboy (#) Dec 28th, 2011 - 09:00 pm Report abuse
All is well, All is well...

The government of Argentina has temporarily blocked the sale of smartphones, including Apple's iPhone, in an effort to stabilize its own economy. This consumer electronics ban is meant to slow inflation and reduce the widening chasm between the peso and the US dollar.

The ban is a part of Argentina Ministry Industry's recent decision to reduce the automatic import of certain phones. RIM and Apple have been forced to wait between 60 and 180 days for permission to sell from the Customs Authority. There's no word on how long the current ban will last.
25 jerry (#) Dec 29th, 2011 - 01:05 am Report abuse
24 - Until enough “payola” has been made to the proper K custom officials.
26 Maradona (#) Dec 31st, 2011 - 06:07 pm Report abuse
THE INTERNATIONAL COMUNITY SUPPORTS ARGENTINA! YOU ARE ALLLOOOONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! INVADERRRRRRRSSSS!!!
27 axel arg (#) Dec 31st, 2011 - 09:20 pm Report abuse
THIS IS ABSOLUTLY FALSE.
The new antiterrorist law, doesn't include any sanction against the media, in fact were included references, in order to clarify that the exercise of human rights, can't be considered as terrorisem, maybe that conservative newspaper took the words of a functionary who said that some newspapers try to terrify the society.
Respecting the newsprint project, it was presented in august 2010, but the former congress, which was joint mostly by oponent politicians didn't treat it, because many of them answer to corporative interests, this is project is the best way to finish with the restriction to the acces of the smaller newspaper, which are very prejudiced by the hegemony of clarin, now all the newspapers, including clarin and nacion, and all the giornals of the country, will have acces to an equal prize, and there will be much more editions of all of them, ¿what kind of restriction to the freedom of press is this newspaper talking about?, guys you are inteligent too, i undertand that some of you love to make fun at my country, but you know perfectly that the powerfull media deffend eachother, you can't buy partia and the mendacious information that yo read, anyway i must recognize that mercopress is a very plural website, it's necesary.

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