Resolution to the Midyear Meeting

Bridgetown, Barbados

April 4 - 7, 2014

WHEREAS four years after enactment of the Audiovisual Communication Services Law, known as the media law, there has been growing official control of news media

WHEREAS in a recent ruling the Supreme Court said that the application of said law could amount to an indirect violation of freedom of expression if there do not exist public policies of transparency regarding official advertising, if from the government news media are subsidized, if publicly-owned media are put at the service of government interests or if the one in charge of applying the law is not a technical or independent body

WHEREAS far from complying with those standards of application of the law, from the very government they are being infringed

WHEREAS government-owned media in Argentina are used as partisan media, where only government supporting voices are given space

WHEREAS Principle 6 of the Declaration of Chapultepec states: "The media and journalists should neither be discriminated against nor favored because of what they write or say"


to reject selective application, as a system of rewards and punishments, of the Audiovisual Communication Services Law and other laws by officials involved

to call on the Executive Branch of Government for compliance with the conditions set in the ruling of the Supreme Court

to ask the Judicial Branch of Government and the Legislative Branch of Government to take the measures to ensure compliance with the Audiovisual Communication Services Law and prevent these kinds of indirect restrictions of freedom of expression.