December 10, 2013
SC judges ratify support for Lorenzetti in Media Law row
Facing opposition MPs' decision to impeach Supreme Court head Ricardo Lorenzetti over alleged meetings with state secretary Carlos Zaninni, all members of Argentina’s maximum tribunal have released a statement ratifying their full support for the judge.
In a recent interview with the local newspaper Perfil, Lorenzetti admitted he had held private reunions with the Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini but pointed out they did not discuss issues linked with the Broadcast Media Law the Supreme Court declared constitutional last week, which obliges Argentina's biggest media group Clarín to sell off part of its broadcasting licenses.
The document was released by the CIJ judicial information bureau and explains that “meetings between representatives of the state branches are part of the Republic’s normal activity and don’t aim at discussing sentences.”
“Democracy needs of a strong debate over state acts, involving judicial rulings which can be criticized by the public opinion and media. Attacks targeting the members of the tribunal every time that a decision of this Court does not satisfy the expectations of a sector of the public opinion, contribute not to the debate neither to institutional strengthening,” the statement adds defending the “independence” of the Supreme Court.