Source: BBC | Observatório da Imprensa
On Monday, in the midst of a dispute with sectors of the Argentine press, defense minister Agustín Rossi produced files from the period of the dictatorship (1976-1983) for the television cameras. According to the minister, the documents reflect alleged ties between the two major dailies, Clarín and La Nación, and the military regime.
Rossi suggested that it was by virtue of this relationship that the two took control of newsprint manufacturer Papel Prensa, which supplies other Argentine dailies with paper. The 1,500 documents include lists of persons persecuted for their political beliefs between 1973 and 1983, including performing artists, writers and politicians, the government says.
According to Rossi, the documents display for the TV cameras were found by a soldier in the basement of the Condor Building, headquarters of the Air Force.
“This is the first time we have found documents that reflect the entire period of the dictatorship. They are arranged in chronological order,” he said. Rossi said that among the papers are “three original minutes of meetings regarding Papel Prensa”. According to Rossi, the sale of the company during that time was “directly related to the imprisonment of the Graiver family” – the company’s former owner.
The government’s accusation is nothing new, but now the minister says that the files contain “historical documents” that confirm the accusation of Kirchner supporters.
Clarín and La Nación control the majority of shares in Papel Prensa, a fact that has led to a series of clashes between shareholders and Domestic Commerce secretary Guillermo Moreno. Moreno has interrupted a number of board meetings and the images were distributed on the social networks.
The Media Law
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The minister’s remarks came seven days after the Supreme Court found all of the provisions of the Media Law — a project by Kirchner supporters to “democratize” the press and “put an end to monopolies — to be consitutional
The newspapers, and Clarin especially, accuse the government of political persecution and violation of the freedom of the press.
The remarks by the minister came just hours after Clarín announced it had “voluntarily” initiated the process of “conforming” to the Media Law, which limits radio and TV concessions in order to avoid concentration in the market.
No comunicado, o Clarín diz que a decisão foi tomada “após o avanço da AFSCA (Autoridade Federal de Serviços de Comunicação Audiovisual) sobre as licenças” que o grupo possui e que ainda estariam em vigor, mas que deverão ser transferidas para outros grupos.
A disputa do governo da presidente Cristina Kirchner com setores da imprensa, principalmente o Clarín, incluiu as suspeitas de que os filhos da empresária Ernestina de Noble, dona do jornal, teriam sido adotados ilegalmente e seriam filhos de desaparecidos políticos. Os exames de DNA eram negativo.
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