December 13, 2013
Media giant holds on to Lorenzetti’s statements for last legal attemptThursday, October 31, 2013
Analysts rule out victory by Clarín Group in IACHR
One day after the Supreme Court’s ruling over the constitutionality of the Broadcast Media Law, the Clarín Group said it was analyzing “future derivations” of the case and stressed its “right” to take it to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Analysts, however, ruled out any chance that the media conglomerate would see victory at the international level.
“Chances are really slim,” media specialist Martín Becerra told the Herald. “Not only because the Inter-American Commission is not forced to take the case — this case is very different to its previous jurisprudence on the issue.”
Becerra was referring to the case of Marcel Granier — president of Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) — against the State of Venezuela, following the decision by late former president Hugo Chávez not to renew RCTV’s frequency authorization.
“Unlike what happened in Venezuela, the Argentine Supreme Court’s ruling is a decision fully compliant with IACHR jurisprudence,” the specialist added. In fact, he noted, the decision cites the IACHR numerous times.
Chances of success that a legal filing by the Clarín Group would see success are very limited, wrote lawyer Gustavo Arballo.
These are “filings, not appeals,” Arballo noted in a blog post Tuesday. “They don’t stand a chance of being admitted.”
Earlier, Chief Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti highlighted that after the decision taken by Argentina’s highest tribunal each side can do whatever they think is necessary.
“This does not end here. Each party is entitled to defend what they believe is their right — in this case, the Clarín Group as well as other media (conglomerates),” Lorenzetti told Radio Continental.
According to the conglomerate’s flagship newspaper, Clarín, this means that the head of the Supreme Court “admitted that the legal battle may go on,” as a headline in news portal Clarin.com said.
Specialists, however, think this may be a remote, if not impossible, chance.