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Argentina to apply ‘neutral Spanish’ dubbing to foreign films, television series and programs

Thursday, July 18th 2013 - 08:55 UTC
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We are Argentines, “only Spanish please” We are Argentines, “only Spanish please”

The Argentine government has put into practice the 'Dubbing Law', which establishes the obligation to dub films, foreign television series, advertisements and program announcements into neutral Spanish.

The measure was taken through the use of Decree No. 933, published on Wednesday in the Official Bulletin, in which it was also stated that the dubbing recording should take place in Argentina itself.

The entity in charge of applying the new rules will be the AFSCA, which will also hand out fines to media and distributors who do not comply with the new standards.

The income raised through fines, according to Decree 933, will be used by the Fund for Cinematic Development created by law No. 17,741.

The dubbing “must be carried out in a neutral Spanish, respecting the current use of said language in our country, but also making sure all of Spanish-speaking America will be able to understand,” the decree specifies.

The move comes just one day after President Cristina Fernandez, speaking at the re-inauguration of the Gaumont cinema, vowed to enforce dormant laws on dubbing already on the statutes.

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  • agent999

    The “dumbing down law”.

    How do they hope this will work with on-line content ?

    Jul 18th, 2013 - 09:33 am 0
  • CaptainSilver

    In the worlds most successful nation Germany, every child learns English from age 6. English is the universal language, this dumb law deprives English speakers of the chance to exercise their language skills and interact with the rest of the world. How they hate us, and how they continually shoot themselves in the foot. Argentinean kids get taught lies and propaganda instead. What a load of plonkers.

    Jul 18th, 2013 - 09:45 am 0
  • DJ56

    A similar law was strictly enforced in Franco's Spain. The main reason was to make it easier for the censor to remove speech which did not meet the dictator's peculiar standards (anything vaguely left wing, liberal, democratic or even mildly sexual was banned, as were critical references to naziism, fascism and the catholic church) without creating an obvious gap in the action. Wonder what la kirchner is planning next .....

    Jul 18th, 2013 - 10:31 am 0
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