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Thousands Rally in Support of Argentina's Public Media

Buenos Aires, December 28 (RHC)-- Thousands of Argentineans took to a main square in Buenos Aires to join in an “open air” broadcast of public television as part of ongoing protests against President Mauricio Macri’s proposed changes to the country’s Media Law, Prensa Latina reported Monday.

A panel of journalists and experts broadcast the program with some 6,000 demonstrators rallying in Buenos Aires’ Saavedra Park on Sunday afternoon amid chants from the crowd such as: “Macri, garbage, you are the dictatorship!” and other anti-government slogans.

Martin Sabbatella, former chief of the Federal Administration of Audiovisual Communication Services or AFSCA, said that the media watchdog has been one of the targets of Macri’s initial attempts to undermine the country’s Media Law.

In Macri’s first days in office, oversight of AFSCA and another regulatory body was transferred to the Ministry of Communication under Minister Oscar Aguad, who has vowed a departure from former President Cristina Fernandez’s policies.

Edited by Ed Newman
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