State media in danger, police violence

The polarization between state-owned and privately-owned media remains evident 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 as soon as Mauricio Macri took over president in December 2015. The new legislation encourages a greater concentration of media ownership, especially in the hands of the big media groups. 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. The state media have been considerably weakened by big budget cuts under Macri.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



52 in 2018

Global score


26.05 in 2018

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    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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