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How Argentine broadcast law rewards friendly outlets and discriminates against critics

November 6, 2015 11:33 AM ET

The moment polls closed for Argentina's presidential election on October 25, the C5N cable news station breathlessly reported that ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli had triumphed and would succeed President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who is banned by the constitution from running for a third consecutive term....

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Inter-American court ruling seen as a serious setback

November 19, 2013 2:51 PM ET

For more than a decade, courts and legislatures throughout Latin America have found that civil remedies provide adequate redress in cases of libel and slander. Over this period, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights -- an autonomous judicial institution, which is part of the human rights protection system of the...

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In battle with Argentine president, a misstep by Clarín

November 29, 2012 3:41 PM ET

The debut of the HD version of Grupo Clarín's cable news station TN could not have come at a worse time for the Argentine media conglomerate. Conspicuously missing from Monday's premiere was coverage of a new criminal complaint in which Clarín's lawyers accused the government of President Cristina Fernández de...

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Cabezas' convicted killers are free, 15 years after murder

January 31, 2012 4:12 PM ET

It was a cold winter morning more than 15 years ago. As part of my daily routine as a foreign correspondent, I opened my laptop to read the Argentine papers. I was shocked by a headline: my colleague José Luis Cabezas, a photographer for the newsweekly magazine Noticias, had...

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Both sides cry 'press freedom!' in Argentine newsprint battle

January 5, 2012 1:11 PM ET

Argentine Secretary of Commerce Guillermo Moreno made headlines in August 2010 when, at a meeting with the directors of newsprint manufacturer Papel Prensa, he whipped out a pair of boxing gloves, told the women present to clear out of the way, and after dimming the lights, challenged the men...

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Fighting abusive litigation against journalists

September 29, 2011 10:44 AM ET

CPJ and others who defend the rights of journalists are rightly alarmed when public officials and other powerful figures instigate baseless criminal prosecutions that can send journalists to prison and force them to pay heavy fines. A case pending in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Fontevecchia & D'Amico vs....

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Hugo Chávez, free expression prize winner

April 1, 2011 3:18 PM ET

Just as the awardee himself anticipated (in his subconscious, after all, he is no idiot), this "freedom of expression award" stirred up disapproval and indignation across the board. Notwithstanding, no one should question the decision of Argentina's University of La Plata. If anyone has freedom of expression in Venezuela,...

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Online freedom of expression in Latin America

November 2, 2010 3:12 PM ET

On his blog, El Oso, David Sasaki has just finished up the third and last part in his series, "Internet Censorship and Freedom of Expression in Latin America." It's a brilliant overview of current political and social pressures on free speech and online reporting in the region. Some key...

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Murder, 'suicide,' crossfire: A week of journalist killings

September 10, 2010 12:56 PM ET

Today we will report another murder of a journalist. This one was in Argentina. The last one we documented was a couple days ago--Alberto Graves Chakussanga was shot in the back in Angola. These tragedies are part of our daily work at CPJ, but this week was different. There have...

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NYT: In Argentina, Google and Yahoo Not Liable

August 28, 2010 3:35 AM ET

The New York Times reports on a new decision in the liability of internet intermediaries, this time in Argentia. It's often hard to pick apart exactly what's been going on in jurisdictions where this issue still evolving. Generally, you get a flurry of conflicting court decision in favour of...

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