Argentina: Unionists block distribution of newspapers.

The secretary general of the CGT, Hugo Moyano, along with members of the labor union truck drivers, blocked again this morning the Distribution of the newspapers La Nacion and Clarin.

The demonstrators staged a protest outside the plant distribution of the two newspapers in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Barracas.

Moyano’s men, who were driving about 30 private cars, had tried to close the gates of the above mentioned plant.

The leader of the CGT (General Confederation of Labor), responds and supports the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
The government is in an open fight with all means of communication.
After you enact law that restricting press freedom, is now pressing on the distribution channels of the newspapers.
The situation of newspapers in Argentina, is alarming.

Truckers blocked distribution of Clarin and La Nacion

Patrolmen, activists and trucks in the night of Barracas (Buenos Aires)

Truckers blocked distribution of Clarin and La Nacion.

Truckers blocked distribution of Clarin and La Nacion.

This situation occurs not only in Argentina but throughout Latin America.
Populist leaders around Latin America are making Increasingly legal and political moves half to silence their critics, the president of the Inter American Press Association said Friday.

Tactics include revoking broadcast licenses, Fostering Hostility toward journalists and giving a free hand to government supporters who have attacked broadcast stations, Newsrooms and printing plants.

“We are extremely Concerned at the growing level in recent weeks of harassment and violence in various countries,” Enrique Santos Calderon told The Associated Press at the opening of the regional association’s annual meeting in Buenos Aires. “Democratic systems require a free and unfettered press.”

In Argentina, top editors are criticizing President Cristina Kirchner, who this week signed a decree ordering newspapers and magazines to be sold exclusively in union-run stands. Editors fear the government will now be able to Prevent the distribution of newspapers that do not follow the ruling party line by Enlisting pro-government unions to shut them down.

“From now on the sale of newspapers will be the only commercial activity regulated by the state,” said Gregorio Badeni, a constitutional law expert in Buenos Aires. “It is obvious that they aim to curtail the free development of the newspaper business, because they’re putting conditions on the sale of their products.”

Argentina is just a few millimeters into a new Venezuela. What is worrying is that society, especially the middle class has not reacted to the government’s authoritarianism.

And my concern is that this conflict will lead to bloodshed.
Unfortunate but true.

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