Source: agenciapacourondo.com.ar / The Dawn / December 27, 2015. This was assured by Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the international organization, in statements he gave to the press.
“It’s an unorthodox way and the legality of the decision is now being questioned”, said Edison Lanza, special OAS rapporteur for freedom of expression when referring to macrismo’s decision to intervene the Federal Authority of Audiovisual Communication Services (AFSCA). He said this in an interview published in a journal called The Buenos Aires Herald, in which he also stressed that “international standards say that it is appropriate to have organizations with autonomy of both the executive power and the factual powers, that can be capable of regulating media systems in accordance with the principles of legality”.
The headquarters of the Federal Authority of Audiovisual Communication Services was evicted on Thursday by an unusual order from federal judge Julian Ercolini in the context of a case brought against the agency’s head, Martin Sabbatella.
This began when the communications minister, Oscar Aguad announced on Wednesday interventions of the Federal Authority of Audiovisual Communication Services (AFSCA) and the Federal Authority for Information Technology and Telecommunications (Aftic).
The government justifies the the intervention by arguing that the authorities of the AFSCA “do not adequate to the organizational structure of the Ministries’ Law” and because “there is a rebellion of the organism, which is not complying with the new regime that establishes communication policies”. The laws that ordered the creation of both organizations established their own mechanisms to dismiss the authorities. However, macrismo chose to ignore those rules and established a 180 day-long intervention.
On this subject, Lanza affirmed that in the Federal Authority of Audiovisual Communication Services: “Argentina had established for the first time an organism with participation of the opposition, civil society and the provinces”.
“The Argentine government, like most states in the region, has ratified the inter-American human rights treaty, which leads to many obligations, and we analyse topics concerning freedom of expression”, he said while noting that “one of the obligations, as stated by the Inter-American Court, has been to prevent media concentration in favor of diversity”. In relation to media concentration, minister Aguad said that this situation “does not exist in Argentina”, which contradicts all evidence .