RSF calls for guarantees to protect journalism in Argentina in the face of Javier Milei's incoming presidency

  • Source: RSF
  • December 11, 2023

"A far-right ultraliberal economist who is due to be sworn in as Argentina’s president on 10 December, Milei became famous as an economic commentator on radio and TV. For the past five years he has also been notorious for his clashes with journalists and displays of hostility towards them – an aggressiveness he also displays online and on social media. His violent verbal attacks against any critical journalist pose a threat to respect for media freedom in Argentina.

'Javier Milei's aggressive style towards the media is unfortunately not new on the international political stage. He has come to power by replicating the strategy used by other presidents in the western hemisphere such as Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Donald Trump in the United States, who both welcomed Milei’s victory. Like them, the new Argentine president uses a discourse that is openly hostile to journalism and is taken up and amplified by his supporters on social media. This strategy aims to discredit media and journalists that are critical of his policies. As he is indicating a readiness to designate a sector of the media as enemies of his government, Milei’s installation as president is an alarm signal for journalism Argentina,' [said] Artur Romeu, director of RSF’s Latin America bureau."

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