December 13, 2013
AFSCA chief praises 'democracy triumph,' says 'deadline has expired'
The head of the AFSCA media watchdog Martín Sabatella today stated that the deadline for implementation of the media law "has expired", explaining that the agency will order the Clarín media group to "adapt" to the measure which has already come into effect.
"We must continue with the proceedings of adaptation postponed by the courts. Clarín will now have to take the same steps as every other group," he warned.
"We begin a new stage with the comprehensive implementation of the law," Sabatella said during a press conference.
Earlier, he called the Supreme Court ruling “a triumph of democracy, freedom and pluralism.”“This is not only a triumph of the government; it is a triumph of democracy, freedom and pluralism. It is the triumph of thousands of media and workers pushing all across the country to make use of their right to express themselves freely without any giant determining the market and silencing them,” the official affirmed.
“With this sentence a stage of uncertainty closes and a very important cycle begins for the country and for democracy in terms of media issues. The obstacles imposed by a business group resisting the law are being cleared,” Sabbatella said and ratified the constitutionality of the Audiovisual Communication Services ACT.
“We have always maintained there was no real reason to revise the constitutionality of the law but it can not take four years [to decide] on it,” he added.
The Broadcast Media Law won parliamentary approval in 2009 but injunctions filed by the Clarín media group, most affected by the scope of the legislation, had blocked its full enforcement till today.