Public TV station’s decision to pull talk show sparks more controversy

first_img News July 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Public TV station’s decision to pull talk show sparks more controversy Reporters Without Borders voiced surprise today at the decision by public TV station Canal 7 to suddenly withdraw the morning talk show ‘Desayuno’ (Breakfast) from its programming on 7 July.This is the second time a state-owned broadcaster has suddenly yanked a programme since the start of the year. Follow the news on Argentina ArgentinaAmericas Organisation Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en to go further November 19, 2020 Find out more News July 6, 2020 Find out more ArgentinaAmericas News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Reporters Without Borders voiced surprise today at the decision by public TV station Canal 7 to suddenly withdraw the morning talk show ‘Desayuno’ (Breakfast) from its programming on 7 July, saying it feared the move could be linked to the current tension between the media and President Néstor Kirchner’s government.“This is the second time a state-owned broadcaster has suddenly yanked a programme since the start of the year, while state advertising is being assigned in an arbitrary fashion, to reward or punish journalists,” the press freedom organisation said.“Without prejudging the reasons for the withdrawal of ‘Desayuno,’ we have to recognise that it comes at a time when press freedom has suffered a setback in Argentine,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Instead of letting the situation continue to deteriorate, the government should enter into a dialogue with the media.”Hosted by Victor Hugo Morales, an Uruguayan journalist known for his irreverence, ‘Desayuno’ was broadcast for the last time on 7 July, ending a seven-year run. “I was told 10 days ago the show would stop, but I was assured that we could go on until the end of August,” the show’s executive producer, Eduardo Metzger, told Reporters Without Borders. Metzger finally got a call on the night of 7 July saying that morning’s show had been the last.The order came from Néstor Piccone, who took over as programme coordinator after journalist Rosario Lufrano was appointed as the new head of Canal 7 on 23 May. “We analysed all the programming after our arrival and we decided this show was stale,” Piccone told the daily newspaper Clarín. “What’s more, it is a current affairs programme, and we already have one,” he added.Metzger and Morales doubt this was the real reason. “The new management wanted to influence the show’s editorial line, but we had an independent attitude and that obviously upset them,” Metzger said. Morales added: “I have the feeling I was of no use to the management’s goals, and I take that as a complement. The government clearly has no time for anything to do with press freedom.” He turned down Canal 7’s alternative job offer.The atmosphere at Canal 7 has been very tense since the new management’s arrival and the firing of Marcela Pacheco as presenter of the evening news programme on 6 June after she openly criticised a gathering President Kirchner had organised on the third anniversary of his inauguration on 25 May, which is also the national holiday.Kirchner and his wife, Sen. Cristína Fernández de Kirchner, reiterated their criticism of the press during independence day celebrations on 9 July. The president lambasted the daily La Nación for colluding with the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The journalists who cover parliament were described as “ignoramuses” and “dimwits” by the first lady. Presidential chief of staff Ánibal Fernández urged the press to conduct a “self-criticism.”Three Argentine current affairs programmes suffered the same fate as ‘Desayuno’ during the first half of this year. The privately-owned radio station Lu 12 Radio Río Gallegos in the southern province of Santa Cruz stopped its programme ‘Séptimo Día’ on 3 May under pressure from the province’s deputy governor, who threatened to withdraw lucrative state advertising.Similar pressure seems to have been behind the decision of local TV station 5 ATS in the northern province of Tucumán to withdraw its programme ‘Periodismo de Verdad’ in March. And José “Pepe” Eliaschev learned on 30 December 2005 that the programme ‘Esto que pasa’ that he hosted on state-owned Radio Nacional, which was very critical of the current government, would not continue in 2006 “on orders from above.” Reporters Without Borders wrote at the time to the president’s chief of staff about this decision, but got no reply. December 4, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Gordon Brown: UK and US must coordinate economic policy

first_imgIn his first major speech since losing the election in May, the former Prime Minister called for the establishment of a global financial constitution that sets out clear rules for banks, and urged that major powers begin to co-ordinate global economic policy.“The question is where are the jobs going to come from and where’s the growth going to come from,” Mr Brown said in the Malcolm Wiener Lecture in Political Economy at Harvard University on Thursday…Read more herelast_img

Talisay City’s No. 6 most wanted person arrested

first_imgNo bail bond was recommended forSaranate’s temporary liberty./PN The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Talisay City police station. Officers of the municipal policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional TrialCourt Branch 51 here dated June 7, 2019.  The 41-year-old Renel Saranate ofBarangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental was tagged suspect, apolice report showed.center_img BACOLOD CITY – Police arrested a rapesuspect in Barangay Sagua Banwa, Valladolid, Negros Occidental. Saranate – who was listed as the No. 6most wanted person in the police station of Talisay City – was caught on thestrength of an arrest warrant around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the report added.last_img

Supporters of medical cannabis change seek study committee

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers disappointed with the governor’s veto of a medical cannabis bill are calling for legislative leaders to convene an interim committee to study options for revising the state’s program.Sen. Joe Bolkcom and Rep. John Forbes, both Democrats, on Tuesday released a letter asking Republican leaders who control committee assignments to appoint a study committee to allow input from advocates, medical experts and others.Bolkcom says the committee could develop language that could be presented to the Legislature in January.Efforts to get leaders to convene a special session to override Gov. Kim Reynolds’ veto failed.The bill, which passed 96 to 3 in the House and 40 to 7 in the Senate, would have increased the amount of THC — the psychoactive compound in marijuana that causes a high — allowed in medical cannabis.Reynolds objected to the level of the increase but indicated willingness to consider changes.The Legislative Council, a group of leaders that appoints interim committees and drafts legislative rules, meets Thursday.last_img read more