Sunday, December 06, 2009

Media Democracy In Argentina

In an effort to democratize radio and TV, which till now had entirely been in the hands of corporations, the government has passed a new law for the media. The previous law had been put in place by the fascist dictatorship, you know the one that murdered at least 30,000 people. With the new regulations, one third of media licenses will be corporate, one third public and one third for non-profit associations. This is a big shot in the arm for cooperative and community media. The corporate monopolies are whining that this extension of media freedom is actually a suppression of freedom. But we have come to expect this sort of propaganda, after all, freedom is only supposed to be for the wealthy and powerful. Note the lack of complaint from these same corporocrats during the dictatorship. To read the complete story in Marie Trigona's excellent blog, see http://mujereslibres.blogspot.com/2009/10/community-on-airwaves-end-to_4683.html


3 Comments:

Blogger Renegade Eye said...

You and Marie, are my two favorite anarchists.

I think such a reform can come about, because of the worker's control movement in Latin America, having legitimacy.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

Thanks Ren. I can't think of a finer person to be included with as Marie Trigona!

You are right, of course about the workers movement. If we are strong and united enough at the base, the government will then enact reforms hoping to get our votes.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Natailya Petrova said...

Larry,

A great development for freedom of expression is the net too! Both shady private entities and government regulators will have their hands full. How ironic that something created by the U.S. Defense Department ends up being such a tool of resistance...

2:20 PM  

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