It's hard to believe that this would happen today in a largely democratic region, but the beginning of 2012 finds much of
Like never before in recent history, elected presidents who already control their congresses and judicial systems are trying to silence independent media. If they succeed, as they seem to be doing, they will have a de facto license to steal -- both money and elections -- without any effective legislative or media scrutiny.
Consider some of the latest attacks on independent media over the past few weeks:
A few months earlier, a writer and three executives of the daily El Universo had been sentenced to three years in prison and
In May, Correa held a
The law will regulate
The latest measures comes after the Fernández government has silenced criticism in most media outlets through a combination of selective distribution of official advertising funds, takeovers by government cronies and tax investigations into those who don't toe the government line.
- At the
Commenting on these and other recent measures against independent media, the
My opinion: Barring a strong international and domestic reaction, a growing number of Latin American countries will soon look like
There, Chávez tolerates critical opinions in newspapers' editorial pages -- which are read by very few and which the government can showcase as alleged evidence that it respects freedom of the press -- but the government cracks down on newspapers that publish investigative reports about government corruption or other wrongdoings in their front pages.
I hope I'm wrong about this, but I'm afraid that journalists in growing numbers of countries will be allowed to opine, but they won't have much to opine about.
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