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Argentina ‘to scrap media ownership law’

Oscar Aguad, head of Argentina’s new communications ministry, has announced that the government wants to scrap the country’s controversial media law, which prohibits telecoms operators from owning TV channels, notes Telecom Paper. “The regulation of the media law isn’t going to survive” under the current government, said Aguad, according to Prensa Latina. “The move is a clear departure from the policies of president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and could lead to the approval of media conglomerate Clarin’s proposed takeover of Nextel Argentina,” adds Telecom Paper. Further, Argentina's new president, Mauricio Macri, has also issued a decree placing AFTIC and federal audiovisual communications regulator, AFSCA, under the wing of the communications ministry, which will be accorded the power to oversee “all that is inherent in information technology, telecommunications, audiovisual communication services and postal services”.

  • Monday, 14 December 2015

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