A controversial Argentine law forcing the break-up of media conglomerates was on Tuesday approved by the country’s Supreme Court, a crushing victory for the government of Cristina Kirchner in its long battle with her most vocal press critic.
After four years of legal wrangling, judges ruled that the government can force private media to surrender broadcasting licenses if they exceed strict ownership and audience limits, paving the way for the dismantling of the Clarin empire with which Mrs Kirchner has long sparred. The verdict was hailed as victory for free expression by Kirchner supporters but decried as the death knell for independent journalism by her opponents. [Read the full article]
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines voted Sunday in nationwide congressional elections that marked the beginning of the end of a government led by Cristina Fernandez and her late husband Nestor Kirchner since 2003.
And after a decade of increasing presidential power, the new Congress could be in a position to reassert itself during the final two years of her second term.
Fernandez remains Argentina’s most popular politician nationwide, and has kept rivals in check by having allies float the idea of a “re-re-election” to a third term. But Sunday’s vote was expected to bury that idea by denying her the two-thirds super-majorities needed in both houses of congress to change the constitution. [Read the full article]