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October 31, 2014

Argentine authorities raid news outlet and confiscate materials

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned Tuesday's raid by Argentine police on the offices of La Brújula 24 , a radio station and news website, in which the outlet's journalistic materials were confiscated. Police arrived at La Brújula 24's offices in the city of Bahía Blanca in Buenos Aires province Tuesday morning with a court order signed by federal Judge Santiago Ulpiano Martínez, one of the outlet's directors, Germán Sasso, told local reporters. Authorities were searching for... MORE
October 28, 2014

Argentina: Media agency forcing reorganisation of Clarín group

Clarín , Argentina's major media conglomerate, has proposed its own reorganisation but the regulatory agency rejected that proposal on 8 October. The effect is that, five years after the LCSA was adopted, the government will take charge of the Clarín restructuring, according to Reporters Without Borders . The government and the Clarín group continue at odds, with their conflict centring on the requirements of the new broadcast media law. On October 8, the Federal Audiovisual Communications... MORE
October 16, 2014

Argentinian government calls for public auction of media group's holdings

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has expressed concern at a new legal offensive unleashed by the Argentine government against the Grupo Clarín newspaper group, which was ordered to break up its news media outlets under the government's criteria. On Wednesday last at a press conference Martín Sabbatella, president of the Audiovisual Communication Services Federal Authority (AFSCA), announced that the government was rejecting Grupo Clarín's own restructuring plan and that he would use... MORE
July 5, 2011

Argentina: Death threats and attacks on Neuquén radio journalist

Mario Sánchez, a radio journalist based in the town of Centenario, in the southwestern province of Neuquén, has been the target of repeated attacks and threats that began on June 19, when unidentified intruders set fire to his home after taking his computer and travel documents. The press freedom organization calls on the authorities to intervene and organize protection for Sánchez, a reporter and presenter for municipal radio Sayhueque 88.7 FM and a correspondent for radio LU5 AM, according to... MORE
May 24, 2011

Danish embassy urged to react after guards assault photographer

At the request of journalists’ organisations, press photographers and reporters are due to demonstrate outside the Danish embassy in Buenos Aires May 24 in protest against a brutal attack by two members of the embassy’s security staff four days ago on Julian Herr , an 18-year-old photographer employed by the magazine El Guardián . “We urge the Danish ambassador, Henrik Bramsen Hahn, to publicly condemn this assault and to review the embassy’s contract with the private security company that... MORE
March 31, 2011

Argentina gives Hugo Chavez press freedom award

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been given a press freedom award during a visit to Argentina. The University of La Plata said it was honouring him for his efforts to break "media monopolies" in Latin America and support "popular communication". Since becoming president in 1999 Chavez has set up the Telesur network, which offers a state-funded alternative to private television stations across Latin America, says a BBC News report. Excerpts: [ Link ] He has also funded a major expansion of... MORE
March 31, 2011

Argentina should halt obstruction of top dailies

The Argentine government should ensure that the nation's two largest dailies can be distributed without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. CPJ's appeal comes two days after union demonstrators blocked trucking exits at the printing facilities of Clarín and La Nación , preventing Clarín from distributing its Sunday edition. Clarín and La Nació n reported on their websites that their adjacent printing facilities in Buenos Aires were blocked early Sunday by dozens... MORE
March 6, 2011

Supreme Court tells Argentina to avoid bias in allocating ads

Argentina's Supreme Court has called for the omission of discriminatory criteria and "reasonable balance" in the allocation of state advertising. The ruling stems from a 2006 injunction filed by Editorial Perfil, the country's largest magazine publisher, claiming arbitrary distribution of official advertising, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Argentina's highest court said Wednesday: "All media should receive official advertising: That is... MORE
January 29, 2011

IFJ honours memory of photojournalist killed in Argentina

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday joined its affiliate in Argentina, the Argentinean Federation of Press Workers (FATPREN), its regional organisation, La Federación de Periodistas de América Latina y el Caribe (FEPALC) and other national organisations to mark the 14th anniversary of the murder of Argentinean photographer José Luis Cabezas and to condemn the impunity for his killers. The activities, held in the coastal city of Pinamar, included a march which took... MORE
December 1, 2010

Argentina: Shooting attack on Salta radio station, Buenos Aires station off the air after break-in

Shots were fired with a big-calibre firearm at Radio FM Cerrillos, a local station based in San José de los Cerrillos, in the northern province of Salta, on November 26 but no one was injured although it is located in the house where station’s owner and his family live. The unidentified gunmen fled immediately after the shooting, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Luisa Tilca, the wife of owner Carlos Villanueva, was hosting the morning programme when... MORE