Low salaries high on list of worries for Argentine journalists

A report from the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish) said that low salaries are Argentine journalists' greatest concern. Half of the nearly 1,000 respondents for the 2011 FOPEA Survey reported having a second job.

Another survey from Journalism Classes reported that 38.4 percent of Argentine journalists make less than $500 per month; 52.7 percent of editors earn $1,500 or less per month. On average, 38 percent of Latin American journalists earn less than $500 per month, the same survey reported.

A lack of professional rigor ranked number two on the list of Argentine journalists' concerns, with 91 percent reporting they knew colleagues who violated journalistic ethics. Thirty eight percent reported that political leaders had coerced them, their colleagues or bosses. The 2011 FOPEA Survey also revealed that provincial or municipal officials exert the most pressure on journalists.