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Argentina’s Supreme Court backs freeze on key part of media law

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  • October 6, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a ban on a part of the media law that requires conglomerates such as the Clarín Group to sell off some of their assets within a year, Bloomberg News reports.

The seven-member court's decision upholds a lower court’s ruling to suspend an article of the controversial media law that obliged media groups to sell off assets “if there was judged to be a concentration of ownership in certain sectors, such as cable television,” Reuters explains.

The economy minister, Amado Boudou, insists that the decision will only benefit Clarín and that it will neither benefit press freedom in the future nor the interests of the Argentine people, La Capital quotes him as saying.

Meanwhile, the law in itself—passed last year amid controversy—remains in force, Reuters adds.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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