Sunday, September 23, 2012
By Michael Warren
Argentina's government on Saturday gave one of its leading media critics, Grupo Clarin, a deadline to sell off most of its broadcast stations, saying Dec. 7 will mark the day when media monopolies will no longer be able to put themselves above the law.
Clarin, which owns 240 cable systems, 10 radio stations and four TV channels in addition to its flagship daily newspaper, has challenged the 2009 media law's anti-monopoly clauses limiting the number of stations any one company can own as unconstitutional.
Clarin, a bitter opponent of President Cristina Fernandez, says many legal scholars support its position that even if its injunction expires on Dec. 7, it should have another year to pursue its challenge of the law before being forced to divest.