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Argentines Protest to Defend Media Law

Thousands protested outside Argentina's Congress Thursday to demand their new right-wing government preserve laws aimed at ensuring media diversity. The country’s Media Law was passed in 2009 and aims to limit the number of broadcast licenses a single corporation can hold. It also specifically sets aside a set number of licenses for community groups like churches and cultural organizations. Supporters of the law argued it has diversified Argentina's media landscape, but the regulations were fiercely opposed by conservatives. More on Thursday’s protests here.
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Thousands of people gather near the Parliament and other strategic points in downtown Buenos Aires in support of the country's 6-year-old media law.
Thousands of people gather near the Parliament and other strategic points in downtown Buenos Aires in support of the country's 6-year-old media law. Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
Protesters hit the streets of Buenos Aires chanting slogans against the government of the newly elected President Mauricio Macri.
Protesters hit the streets of Buenos Aires chanting slogans against the government of the newly elected President Mauricio Macri. Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
People march to defend the Media Law and to protest against the policies of the new right-wing government.
People march to defend the Media Law and to protest against the policies of the new right-wing government. Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
People hold banners expressing their rejection to the new policies.
People hold banners expressing their rejection to the new policies. "Don't touch the Media Law," reads this sign. "It is constitutional." Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
The march was organized by various sectors in support the former governments of the last 12 years in Argentina, under the late President Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez.
The march was organized by various sectors in support the former governments of the last 12 years in Argentina, under the late President Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez. Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
Hundreds of banners and slogans defend the Media Law and denounce the measures already implemented by the newly appointed president.
Hundreds of banners and slogans defend the Media Law and denounce the measures already implemented by the newly appointed president. Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
Protests have followed the presidential decrees from new Argentine President Mauricio Macri, which have affected the entity responsible for enforcing the Media Law.
Protests have followed the presidential decrees from new Argentine President Mauricio Macri, which have affected the entity responsible for enforcing the Media Law. Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
Thursday's protest was focused on rejecting the presidential decrees passed.
Thursday's protest was focused on rejecting the presidential decrees passed. Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
Some of the slogans were:
Some of the slogans were: "Democracy and Media Law now" and "I want my voice to be heard." Photo:@CasaRosadaAR
Published 18 December 2015
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