Endangered state media, police violence
The polarization between state-owned and privately-owned media is still much in evidence in Argentina. The 2009 media law, which encouraged pluralism and provided for a better distribution of frequencies between state, privately-owned and community broadcast media, was modified under Mauricio Macri, the president from 2015 to 2019. The new legislation encourages a greater concentration of media ownership, especially in the hands of the big media groups, while major budget cuts have significantly weakened the state media. Media outlets regarded as overly critical are often the targets of defamation suits that usually end with damages awards designed to strangle them financially. Many journalists have been the victims of police aggressiveness and violence during major street protests in Argentina’s biggest cities since 2017. When Alberto Fernández was sworn in as president in December 2019, he announced major changes, especially regarding the criteria used for allocating state advertising.
57 in 2019
28.30 in 2019