World’s newspapers demand that Argentine government stop attacking press

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  • October 5, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN–IFRA) has urged President Cristina Fernández to respect international standards of freedom of expression and to cease “the attacks by her government against independent media,” La Gaceta de Tucumán reports. See the association's statement in English.

WAN-IFRA, which represents more than 18,000 newspapers and magazines throughout the world, recently held its annual assembly in Hamburg, Germany, where it expressed concern over what it considers to be actions “that threaten the free and independent press” in Argentina, La Nación adds.

The government maintains a conflictive relationship with Argentina’s main media groups, which has led to actions in court. Among the measures questioned by WAN-IFRA are the distribution of government advertising and actions related to the country’s main newsprint producer, Papel Prensa, Perfil 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.