December 10, 2013
Media Law: Supreme Court to take final decision after concluding public hearing
The Supreme Court has concluded the Media Law public hearing with representatives of the State and Clarín Group today. At the moment everything is supposed to be ready for the final decision on constitutionality of the Law passed in October 2009. However, the date for the ruling hasn’t been set yet.
The Supreme Court reopened the public hearing started on Wednesday, where five amici curiae (friends of the court) from each side gave agruments in favour of and against the disputed articles ofthe Media Law. Attorney General Alejandra Gils Carbó and the Audience Ombudsman Cynthia Ottaviano spoke up as “independent” amici and representative of the civil society. Justice Raúl Zaffaroni was absent.
The president of the Supreme Court Ricardo Lorenzetti resumed the public hearing reaffirming “the need to look into specific questions”.
The Clarín Group was the first to respond the questions, saying the media law would affect the company’s sustainability and the freedom of expression. At the same time, Clarín rejected speaking about themselves as the monopolist of the situation.
The State defended the constitutionality of the Broadcasting Law, highlighting diversity of the content and service providers. Additionally, the State reassured, 29 providers had already expressed their will to adapt to the new law.