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27 July 2017 02:31 (South Africa)

Argentine president thaws the frigid doors to the media

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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It became a standard process in developing democracies: As soon as power is won at the polls, the party and its leader develop a frosty relationship with the local media. Where it once was a valuable ally in the election process, the media becomes a nuisance when you’re running the country. Argentina is no exception: on 10 October the Senate approved, with a huge majority, a new media law that replaced the military junta’s no-dealings legislation. On the surface, pushing the new law makes sense, as the old one was outdated. But the new one entrusts significant powers in the hands of the executive branch, where President Christina Kirchner and her former-president husband, Nestor, have serious gripes with the way they were portrayed by Argentine broadcasters. Their political fortunes have changed over the last year and they lay the blame squarely at the feet of the media. So, the fox has been given the keys to hen house again. You want to bet what the outcome will be?

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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