Media News - Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Journalism is the biggest loser in the confrontation between the government of Argentina and some of the country’s biggest media companies, according to a recent report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The report, published on Sept. 27 and put together by journalist Sara Rafsky, of the organization’s Americas program, discusses some of the possible interests that each of the parties involved may be defending and that put into question the objectivity of political and economic information that citizens receive. One of the most notable confrontations is between President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Grupo Clarin, the country’s largest media conglomerate and owner of the most widely read newspaper in the country, Clarin. In Argentina, awarding official publicity is not regulated and there aren’t criteria for its distribution. According to the report, the arbitrary and discriminatory distribution of government publicity should be prohibited so it can’t be used to reward or punish media outlets. According to the study “Quid pro quo: Government publicity in Argentinaand its multiple facets,” conducted by the non-profit organization Poder Ciudadano and quoted in the CPJ report, the government didn’t award practically any publicity to Grupo Clarin between May and Oct. 2011. The report pointed out that the situation is more difficult for small media outlets in the country’s municipalities because often their only sustenance is official publicity. (Knight Center)
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