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Clarín editor Julio Blanck: "We waged journalistic war" against Cristina Kirchner.

Speaking to Fernando Rosso of Left Journal, Julio Blanck, assistant political editor at Argentina's largest news daily, Clarín, conceded that Clarín did "bad journalism" but were "good at making war" against the administration of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

While largely blaming her administration for the dispute, Blanck stated in the interview that "that's not journalism, not the kind I like to do. I did things that under normal circumstances I would not have done."

This admission was in reference to the conservative media group's frequent use of corruption allegations against Fernández de Kirchner, individuals associated with her, and officials in her populist administration. While the majority were dismissed for lack of merit, Clarín made effective use of a law Kirchner herself signed in 2009 repealing the risk of criminal libel and slander charges for any allegation against public officials if presented in the context "of public interest."

Horacio Verbitsky, the senior political affairs columnist for the left-wing news daily Página/12, stated that as a result of his admission Blanck, 62, was, after 34 years at Clarín, "demoted to a mere columnist with no editorial responsibilities." Both Blanck and Editor-in-Chief Ricardo Kirschbaum denied the assertion.

Fernández de Kirchner, who governed from 2007 to 2015, promoted an Audiovisual Media Law that would have limited the market share of any single media outlet in a given metro area or province. The law, which was supported from organizations such as the UN Freedom of Expression Rapporteur, the IFJ, Reporters Without Borders, and the Carter Center, was passed by Congress in 2009 and after lengthy injunctions favoring the Clarín Group was ratified by the Supreme Court in 2013.

Her right-wing successor, President Mauricio Macri, rescinded the law by decree within days of taking office and has since received almost uniformly positive coverage by Clarín and its cable news division TN.

The Clarín Group is the largest media conglomerate in Argentina, often controlling 50% or more of the media market in a given area; as such it would have had to divest part of its varied holdings had Macri lost. Their favorable coverage of Macri during last year's campaign (referred to as "media bulletproofing", and the negative coverage given his opponent (Kirchner ally Daniel Scioli), was instrumental in Macri's narrow, 2.7-point victory last November.

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.diarioregistrado.com%2Fpolitica%2Feditor-de-clarin-reconoce-que-hicieron--periodismo-de-guerra--contra-cristina_a57bc5e894717bf89217c6875

And: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.infonews.com%2Fnota%2F301248%2Fla-respuesta-de-clarin-a-verbitsky

Amid severe recession, unions and activists stage a Federal March in Argentina.

Argentina's second largest labor federation, the CTA, has staged a nationwide Federal March against the right-wing Mauricio Macri administration and its policies of "rate hikes, layoffs, and austerity."

The march, organized into five regional columns from cities across Argentina, is set to converge in Buenos Aires' Plaza de Mayo today at 5:00 p.m.

The Secretary General of the CTA Workers, Hugo Yasky, hopes the Federal March "will serve as a prelude to a national strike involving all unions, in order to demand the declaration of a social emergency, a rollback of utility rate hikes, and the reopening of collective bargaining agreements."

The CTA is currently in talks with the rival, somewhat more conservative CGT to stage a joint general strike later this month. The CGT, the nation's largest labor federation, was reunified on August 22 following a four year schism. Macri's austerity policies, which have led to the deepest recession since 2002, were cited by CGT leaders as the principal motive for their reunification.

CGT leaders, who had been reluctant to join such a general strike, have given the Macri administration until September 24 to authorize a new round of collective bargaining. The last such round, which concluded in March, yielded raises that averaged 30%; inflation, however, has since doubled to 47%.

The Federal March was joined by Kirchnerists (supporters of Macri's populist predecessor, former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner), numerous social activism groups, and 20 of the CGT's 124 member unions.

"We are converging social movements and labor movements into a single force," Yasky declared in the western city of Mendoza. "And when we reach the Plaza de Mayo we will be together with clear principles and objectives: ending austerity; changing policy so that no wage or pension remains below inflation, so that no informal workers remain unprotected; and rolling back utility rate hikes."

Today's mobilization also harkens back to the Federal March led by the CTA on July 5-6, 1994, in opposition to the neoliberal economic policies of President Carlos Menem. The current recession, however, is arguably far more serious, with GDP down 4.3%, retail sales down 8 to 14%, manufacturing down 7.9%, construction down 23.1%, and unemployment rising by 64% in just six months.

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.minutouno.com/notas/1507287-la-marcha-federal-se-dirige-plaza-mayo-protestar-contra-el-gobierno&prev=search

And: http://buenosairesherald.com/article/220898/industry-construction-figures-for-july-plunge
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