The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA) released a statement calling on the authorities to guarantee the safety of press workers who are covering the recent conflicts in the Parque Indoamericano (American Indian Park) in Buenos Aires, which is currently occupied by at least 5,000 homeless squatters, many of them immigrants. FOPEA also asked media companies to prioritize the safety of their employees.
Soldiers in Argentina’s Gendarmerie police force raided the offices of Papel Prensa, the country’s top newsprint producer and the focal point of an ongoing conflict between the government and Clarín and La Nación, the two largest domestic dailies, EFE and DiarioJornada report.
The Argentine government has initiated new legal action against the newspapers Clarín and La Nación in order to remove the two companies' eight representatives from the board of Papel Prensa, the largest producer of newsprint in the country, Perfil.com reports. The government also wants “judicial intervention” against the papers in response to “numerous and serious irregularities” at the company.
Journalists from Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil will gather in the border cities of the three countries Nov. 26-28, 2010, to attend the First International Journalists Meeting on the Triple Frontier. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is a co-sponsor of the gathering.
Gabriel Michi, president of the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish), explains the upcoming International Meeting for Journalists on the Triple Frontier, Nov. 26-28, 2010, in Paraguay. During the meeting, journalists from Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil will analyze and debate news coverage of themes pertinent to the tri-national region, such as contraband, terrorism, and drug- and human trafficking.
Two journalists for Clarín newspaper, Daniel Santoro and Gerardo Young, testified Wednesday, Nov. 17, to a parliamentary commission that is investigating an illegal wiretapping scandal involving the city government of Buenos Aires, Clarín reports.
Journalist Rodrigo Sepúlveda of Radio Nihuil in Mendoza, Argentina, was robbed and threatened by three armed men who stole his cell phone and wallet while he was broadcasting live on Tuesday from the La Gloria neighborhood, the newspaper Los Andes reports. Listeners could hear the incident live until the gunmen took the broadcaster's phone and turned it off.
President José Mujica accused the Argentine and Uruguayan press of manipulating his statements, after he generated an uproar for calling Argentina “a country cut in two” by polarization, after attending the wake of former President Néstor Kirchner.
More than 350 journalists, instructors and students from 22 of Argentina’s 24 provinces attended the Fifth National and International Congress on Argentine Journalism, held Nov. 4–6, 2010, by the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA), a Knight Center partner.
A Buenos Aires labor court has claimed legal ownership over several of the Spanish company Prisa’s radio holdings in Argentina, in order to guarantee that Radio Continental pays more than $1 million in damages for firing journalist Rolando Hanglin, El Mundo reports. The ruling affects seven radio stations.