December 17, 2012
By Laurence Allan
A court in the Argentina capital, Buenos Aires, ruled on Friday (14 December) that two contested clauses in the controversial 2009 Media Law are not unconstitutional. The judgement by Judge Horacio Alfonso prompted the Argentine authorities to indicate that they will today notify Clarin Group, Argentina's largest media conglomerate, that it must divest itself of significant holdings. This was made clear by Martín Sabbatella, head of the Federal Audio Visual Services Authority (Autoridad Federal de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual: AFSCA). Sabbatella, speaking on public television yesterday (16 December) clarified that the transfer of operating licences must take place within 100 days, a period which starts with official AFSCA notification.
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