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Argentina Closes Clarin Internet Unit in `Totalitarian’ Attack on Company

Posted in News and Articles by politicalrisklatam on August 19, 2010

by Eliana Raszewski for Bloomberg, August 19th, 2010.

Argentina’s government shut down the Internet service provided by Grupo Clarin SA’s Fibertel unit, saying the company’s merger with Cablevision SA was illegal.

The move is the latest in a fight between Clarin and President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, which says Argentina’s biggest media company is biased in its coverage of the government. The media company also owns the newspaper Clarin, the most-read Spanish-language daily in Latin America.

Cablevision, in a statement, accused the government of acting in a “totalitarian” manner.

“Fibertel doesn’t exist anymore because of its own decision,” Planning Minister Julio De Vido said in a news conference today in Buenos Aires. “They announced a merger that was never approved.” Fibertel customers are free to find other service providers and the company will cease operations within 90 days, De Vido said. (continue reading… )

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  1. Juan Manuel Harán said, on October 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Stop defending companies. Don´t you see what they meen to society?
    Clarín has been related to murderers during the last illegal militar goverment (1976-1983). Cristina Fernandez it´s just avoiding that the crimes gets impune.

    • politicalrisklatam said, on November 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

      Juan Manuel,
      Sorry if you were offended by something that we published.
      Our only intention was to reflect what media said. We believe that both sides need to be listened, although one of them isn’t our side. To be clear, we don’t support any kind of military dictatorship or violence.
      Please, you are more than welcome to read our blog and comment whenever you like.
      Regards,
      Political Risk Latin America.


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