Argentina: Govt. sues heads of 2 newspapers alleging complicity in crimes against humanity by former military regime, through their acquisition of newsprint producer

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22 September 2010

Argentine govt sues media chiefs in newsprint row

Author: Liliana Samuel, AFP

Argentina's government has filed a law suit accusing the heads of the country's two biggest newspapers of complicity with a former military regime in crimes against humanity...[President Cristina Kirchner] released a 26,000-page report last month accusing Clarin [part of Grupo Clarín] and La Nacion of gaining control of Papel Prensa in 1976 with the backing of Argentina's military government...Clarin and La Nacion issued a joint statement slamming the government, charging it is targeting media who do not back its policies. "This new step confirms the institutional alarms both dailies have been sounding in terms of the government's intention to steamroll media which do not agree with official policy," the papers said..."to link that purchase (of Papel Prensa) with crimes against humanity is a moral and legal aberration, utterly lacking any factual basis," they added. [also refers to La Razon (part of Clarin), Tiempo]

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Author: El País [Uruguay]

El gobierno argentino presentó ayer una denuncia penal para que se investigue si directivos de los diarios Clarín [parte del Grupo Clarín], La Nación y La Razón [parte del Grupo Clarín], así como funcionarios de la dictadura (1976-83) cometieron delitos de lesa humanidad en la compra de acciones de la empresa Papel Prensa a la familia Graiver en 1976, meses después del golpe militar. Los diarios Clarín y La Nación rechazaron en un comunicado la denuncia presentada y, tras negar nuevamente irregularidades, advirtieron que la actitud oficial entraña "un afán autoritario que violenta los principios jurídicos y las garantías constitucionales". A su juicio, el Gobierno "sigue buscando criminalizar a directivos de Clarín y La Nación, ambos diarios, accionistas de Papel Prensa", dijeron en un comunicado..."Pretender vincular esa compra con un delito de lesa humanidad es una aberración moral y jurídica, carente de todo sustento fáctico", dijeron.

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