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Reporters organization questions media ownership concentration in Argentina

Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 10:49 UTC
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“The new legislation will probably result in a greater concentration of media ownership, especially in the hands of the Clarín media group” “The new legislation will probably result in a greater concentration of media ownership, especially in the hands of the Clarín media group”
Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by RSF based upon the assessment of countries' press freedom records Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by RSF based upon the assessment of countries' press freedom records
The Argentine 2009 media law, which encouraged pluralism, was immediately modified when Mauricio Macri became president in 2015, the report says. The Argentine 2009 media law, which encouraged pluralism, was immediately modified when Mauricio Macri became president in 2015, the report says.

Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) international organization questioned the abrogation of Argentina’s media law decided by the administration of President Mauricio Macri, warning the new legislation that creates the Enacom agency “favors” concentration of media ownership in the country.

 In its annual Press Freedom Index report, the France-based international group ranked Argentina 57th, improving its position from 54 to 57, but highlighted the amendments to the Audiovisual Communications Services Act – passed by Congress during the Cristina Fernandez administration in 2009 -, might “result in a higher concentration of media ownership.”

“Argentina’s warring media have long been polarized between those owned by the state and those owned by the private sector. The 2009 media law, which encouraged pluralism and provided for a better distribution of frequencies between state, privately-owned and community media, was immediately modified when Mauricio Macri became president in 2015,” the report says.

“The new legislation will probably result in a greater concentration of media ownership, especially in the hands of the Clarin media group, which had to surrender some of its broadcast frequencies after a long legal battle during Cristina Fernandez’s second term as president.”

The Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by RSF based upon the organization's assessment of the countries' press freedom records in the previous year.

“It is a picture of the situation of press freedom, based on the assessment of pluralism, independence of media, legal framework quality and reporters’ security in the countries,” the organization explains.

The 2016 Press Freedom Index has Finland ( 8.59 points) at the top, followed by the Netherlands (8.76 points), Norway (8.79 points), Denmark (8.89 points) and New Zealand (10.01 points). In the Americas, Costa Rica is ranked 6th, Jamaica 10th and Canada 18th. Uruguay is at the position 20, Chile 31 and the United States 41.'

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  • Enrique Massot

    Macri's reward for the efficient services lent by the Clarin Group is there.
    The group continues to create a distorted image of reality through heavily biased stories, misleading headlines, suppressing or hiding relevant information.
    Clarin became known for front-page stories about members of the CFK government that later revealed total fakes--it claimed former economy minister Axel Kicilloff received a fat salary as member of the YPF directory when the former economy minister's position was honorary; it also claimed Maximo Kirchner had secret foreign accounts with millions of dollars--information later confirmed fake by the bank itself.
    Journalist Jorge Lanata did his part by interviewing in prison a lifer convicted on a triple murder who implicated Anibal Fernandez--a story that played heavily in the election in the Buenos Aires province in which Fernandez was a candidate.
    Oh, but not to worry: Argentina is back in the world!

    Apr 21st, 2016 - 06:10 pm 0
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