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Argentine government wants to lift court recess to continue battle with Clarin

The Argentine government sent a request for the Federal Civil and Commercial Court to re-open the justice system in January, a month in which it is normally on holiday, in order to resolve two key articles regarding the controversial Media law.

Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina presented the request

The presentation was made by Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina, with the sponsorship of the Treasury’s Prosecutor-General, in addition to the counter-claim filed last week by the Federal Authority of Audiovisual Communication Services (AFSCA).

The objective of the move is to ensure the prompt resolution of the suit presented by the Clarín group against the Media law.

The court rehabilitation request was made after the Supreme Court rejected the per saltum sought by the administration of President Cristina Fernandez to bypass the appeals process in the case of the constitutionality of two articles of the law, and at the same time confirming the extension of the preventive measures that blocks the group Clarín divestment law.

The Argentine Supreme Court ordered the chamber to “move quickly” on the judgement but did not give them a fixed period.

The Clarín Group’s appeal provided a further obstacle to the implementation of the new Media Law, leaving the issue in the hands of the court, which already ruled the suspension of the divestment law, while its constitutionality is being debated.

The judges who will head the court handling the case are Francisco de las Carreras, Ricardo Guarinoni and Graciela Medina.

If the government request is accepted, the Clarín Group must present its case for appealing Judge Alfonso’s ruling, where they will have 10 working days to answer.

Judicial sources, however, doubted that the chamber will accept the government request since the Supreme Court had denied the use of per saltum and supported the injunction without fixing a time period for the case to be resolve which would have given urgency to the judicial process.

President Cristina Fernandez is obsessed with dismembering the Clarin group which is Argentina’s main media consortium with interests in broadcasting, cable television, open television and the press. Originally allies the Kirchner couple and Clarin split over the 2008 farmers’ conflict and soccer broadcasting.

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1 Pirate Love (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 08:09 pm Report abuse
Wow! she is desperate to silence “Clarin” an opposition voice, strange behaviour indeed from a so called democracy :)))
2 falklandlad (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 08:27 pm Report abuse
@ #1. This does all seem a tad desperate and horribly one-sided. Very bizarre behaviour to seek a ruling when the justice machinery is on traditional holidays. Maybe the regime is trying to mitigate the potential bad press when the regime machinery finally fails! Can't be long now.
3 Pirate Love (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 08:50 pm Report abuse
how can a head of state a member of the ruling regime actively push for the change of ownership of one of its countries democratic media “Clarin” to a more obedient servant and still be seen as a Democracy, isnt freedom of speech no longer recogonized in Argentina ?
Is this what now counts as Democracy in Argentina?, or as i suspect that the Argentine government are looking towards a more suitable order to suit their totalitarian reich?
4 Shed-time (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 09:03 pm Report abuse
Can't she judge do another ruling by decree? That's all she ever does anyways.

She's strange.
5 ProRG_American (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 09:21 pm Report abuse
Fight on!
6 Shed-time (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 09:26 pm Report abuse
@5 I think you mean 'Fight on Nazis!'.

That would be better aligned to your typical post.
7 Pirat-Hunter (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 09:42 pm Report abuse
#1 we all know clarin covered up a lot of the murders by the military junta back in the 70's who's side are you on?
#3 i think in USA and UK a monopoly is also illegal, i could be wrong.

This is like watching a fight in which one of the contenders gets up in the middle of the break to start punching his adversary, for some reason I can tell that Clarin will not end up in good shape after the next round. No options now since they have reached a point of no return. I didn't think a media monopoly stood a chance against a popular democratically elected government like CFK, don't be fooled by ignorance people CFK is the best president Argentina had in 40 years.
8 Shed-time (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 09:51 pm Report abuse
@7 Is she better than that well known sychophant of Hitler, Peron?
9 yankeeboy (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 10:28 pm Report abuse
You know, I am wondering if Crissy is so nutty right now because Chavez is almost dead?
Seems like she is absolutely losing her mind...
10 Shed-time (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 10:40 pm Report abuse
She has outlived Four of the Four most important men in her life: Uncle Adolf, Peron, Nestor and now nearly Comrade Chavez.

Pretty much goes with what you said then.
11 Nostrolldamus The 5th (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 12:02 am Report abuse

There is no reliable press in the USA or the UK. The UK has always been the laughing stock of the world in terms of media integrity and seriousness.... the USA used to have decent outlets but the newspapers are all now political activist fronts, and the cable news channels loudhorns for the ideological fringes of the two ossified parties (which have wacky fringes that run these news networks, and a moderate center that cocktail with each other on friday nights).

There is nothing that these countries could teach Argentina about freedom of the press, there is no press “there”.
12 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 08:20 am Report abuse
Whats the rush? slowly slowly chachee monkey!
13 travellingscotsman (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 10:52 am Report abuse
@ 11 - is that why the UN registers press freedom in the UK as being number 28 in the world whereas it registers Argentina as number 48? Is it the law that all Argentine's have to lie and cheat? ( Fernandez, Maradona, Galtieri, Timmerman, just to name a few),1043.html
14 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 11:35 am Report abuse
@7 I seriously think you might change your mind if you gather the courage to come back to Argentina. Your diecast models of Hitler's Mercedes Benz would cost triple and take at least 3 months to arrive, and those posters of Stalin, and Gaddafi, too. Assuming that you're planning on working, which I doubt, you would see larger amounts taken from your earnings than in Canada, only to be given to hedonistic criminal yahoos.

The only people that love her as much as you do make an all you can rape, kill, and steal buffet out of the situation with the police and lower courts here. Did you not see all 4 police in Bariloche defeated by rocks? Of course, if she gets control of the press, they can simply not publish a word about it, and publish rave reviews of Nestor's movie, statue, and who knows there might even be a theme park planned in his honor.

Caligula Kirchner has an expiration date. I give her a year.
15 Conqueror (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 02:53 pm
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16 Nostrolldamus The 5th (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 04:50 pm Report abuse

We lie and cheat with you. You deserve no better behavior from us.
17 Shed-time (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:07 pm Report abuse
@16 by your use of the word 'us' you seem to suggest that your (argentines) behaviour is coordinated to achieve some kind of aim, and ultimately you are responsible for these aims and behaviours. That would make them aligned with the wishes of KFC through choice and make you a supporter of her political decisions.

18 travellingscotsman (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:12 pm Report abuse
@7 - you think that Cuntina is the best President you've had in 40 years? Try telling that to the Argentine people who protest against her government. I particuarly like the guy on the video who says - and I quote - I am an intelligent person but I am tired of this government's lies and corruption. I think you're the one who is ignorant as you can't see the truth although it's starring you in the face!!!
19 Nostrolldamus The 5th (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:12 pm Report abuse
We've cheated and lied to you well before CFK. That's the only language you understand, as the world (except Argentina since we repelled you three times from our mainland), sadly came to learn for 400 years.
20 travellingscotsman (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:15 pm Report abuse
and you also cheat and lie to the IMF about your inflation - you forgot to mention that bit too huh?
21 Nostrolldamus The 5th (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:16 pm Report abuse

They lied and cheated to us first. And that's a fact.
22 travellingscotsman (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:20 pm Report abuse
I am prepared to accept that as a fact if you give examples. But you've basically admitted to everyone on this page that the argentine government lies and cheats to it's people - at least this conversation is going somewhere now.
23 Shed-time (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:22 pm Report abuse
@21 Sorry, but did you just say the IMF lied to you first?
24 travellingscotsman (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:23 pm Report abuse
Shed - time it seems that he did say that, this is why I asked him to give examples to prove his statement. Can he do it do you think??
25 Shed-time (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 05:24 pm Report abuse
@23 the magic 8-ball says 'very unlikely'.
26 ProRG_American (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 10:18 pm
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27 Pete Bog (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 10:51 pm Report abuse
“since we repelled you three times from our mainland”

Three times since 1853?
28 Shed-time (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 10:59 pm Report abuse
@27 does the number go up by one every time someone writes about it? It'll be four times next, and the dates will have changed again.
29 travellingscotsman (#) Jan 05th, 2013 - 11:12 am Report abuse
I think that Argentines know that since the 19th century, they could have been one of the worlds great economies and powers, but they've fucked it up time and time again and they are looking for someone to blame - the IMF, the UK, the USA - the list continues.... but they don't seem to be so good at realising the truth - they're a backwards country through their fault alone!

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