On Tuesday morning, Federal Judge Horacio Alfonso accepted Clarin's request to appeal his decision on Friday that a controversial law limiting concentration of ownership in the media was constitutional.
The government reacted to the ruling by sending officials to Clarin’s headquarters on Monday with a public notary to notify the group that a transfer of licences and sale of assets must begin immediately.
However, Clarin had already lodged an appeal, which means the case will once again pass to the appeals court that granted the group its first reprieve in early December.
Clarin is by and far and away the biggest and most powerful media conglomerate in Argentina. The government claims the law is designed to promote media plurality, while Clarin say it is being used as a political tool to silence its most ardent and powerful critic - Clarin.
According to the government, Clarin has 237 media licences, while the law only permits one company to own 24 cable licenses and 10 free-to-air licenses for radio and TV, and to cover no more than 35 percent of the pay-per-view population.
Clarin says it has seven radio licenses and four open-TV ones but its TV cable operator Cablevision owns 158 local licenses and the law’s 24 licence limit would restrict their market.
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