Supreme Court asks lower court to rule in Clarin case

28 Nov 2012

Argentina’s Supreme Court has asked a lower court to issue a final ruling in local media giant Grupo Clarin’s case against the implementation of the country’s media law, under which the firm will be forced to divest some of its assets, Dow Jones Newswires reports. In its ruling, the Supreme Court ordered the judge and courts responsible for the case to work toward a resolution, saying that the absence of a final decision ‘within a reasonable period implies a clear denial of justice.’ In December 2009 Clarin won a court suspension of Article 161 of the Audiovisual Communication Law, which states that companies exceeding licence limits set forth by the law must make divestments within one year. The three-year precautionary measure is set to mature on 7 December, however, meaning that Clarin may be forced to sell some of its assets from that date. Earlier this month, the country’s media regulator Martin Sabbatella said the government will call for an auction of Clarin’s licences that exceed legal limits (158 TV licences, one for each of the cities in which it offers cable and internet, and 134 more than the 24 allowed) if it does not comply with the law by 7 December.

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