The media in Argentina – Clarín call

from The Economist..

May 18, 2013 | BUENOS AIRES

SINCE she became president in 2007, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has grabbed control of the country’s pension funds, its main airline and largest oil company. Recently she won approval in Congress for laws that give the executive de facto control over the judiciary. But there is one target that has eluded her: dismantling Grupo Clarín, a big media conglomerate that has become her bête noire.

In 2009 Congress approved a controversial media law that would force the company to divest most of its assets. Clarín secured an injunction staying the law’s implementation for three years while it sought judicial annulment of four clauses it claims are unconstitutional. In December a federal court ruled against Clarín. But in April an appeals court unanimously overturned that decision and ruled that the media law was arbitrary and disproportionate. The government said it would appeal to the Supreme Court.

The government claims that Clarín enjoys monopoly power. But Ms Fernández’s critics say she wants to silence criticism of the government…

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