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US closely following Argentine debate on freedom of the press

Thursday, August 26th 2010 - 05:02 UTC
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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.”

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  • Conqueror

    Looks like Argentina has really got the attention of the world's press this time!

    How nice that Fernandez and Timerman “dismiss” the remarks of the brother of the previous majority shareholder.

    Aug 26th, 2010 - 02:03 pm 0
  • avargas2001

    Papel Prensa was a state company that was fraudulently acquired by David Graiver,who was a banker who managed “montonero funds”. Graiver was killed in a plane crash in 1976, in 1978 he was indicted for embezzlement by Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau. Gravier's widow was imprisoned by the military junta, she was tortured in a nazi gestapo fashion, and forced to surrender all title and rights of Papel Prensa to Clarin and Nacion newspapers. The widow survived and has come forward to tell the story.
    The president of Argentina, has moved in the right direction to recover state property that was twice fraudulently sold.
    and the Argentine population supports her 100%, everyone else NOT in Argentina can take their media and shove it in the back end while you cry us a river.

    Aug 26th, 2010 - 05:25 pm 0
  • ptolemy

    2 avargas2001's comment, strictly one-sided, or should I say the Kirchner viewpoint. I suggest to anyone,.. to read around if you don't want the Argentine government's story.

    Aug 26th, 2010 - 05:48 pm 0
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