• New broadcast law sparks contentious debate, raises concerns.
• In major victory, criminal defamation laws are repealed.
200: Tax agents who raided Clarín in apparent reprisal for the newspaper’s coverage.
Press freedom advocates won two important victories as congress decriminalized defamation, and a federal court issued a ruling that, while still under appeal, could lead to the dismantling of the government’s manipulative distribution of official advertising. But those advances were obscured by a contentious debate over broadcast regulatory legislation backed by the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The measure, signed into law in October and immediately challenged in court, apportioned broadcast frequencies among private, government, and nonprofit outlets, while creating a new regulatory body.