IPS and the Italian National Press Federation (Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana, FNSI) organized a debate on 29th November about Press Freedom and New Scenarios in Latin America, the case of Argentina at FNSI headquarters in Rome.
Roberto Natale, FNSI President and Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression were invited as speakers, Mario Lubetkin, IPS Director General opened and moderated the debate, and Daniel Filmus, chairman of the Argentine Senate Foreign Affairs Committee participated via skype.
The new law on Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA), known in Spanish as the Ley de Medios, was recently approved in Argentina and is due to enter fully into force today, December 7th. The law will put limits on media concentration, according to the Argentinean government, opening wider space to civil society, but is seen by the opposition and the big editorial groups as an attack against freedom of expression.
Videos of the debate can be accessed here: