Argentina cracks down on media

Murder pics banned

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s media is concerned about press freedom after broadcasting regulator Comfer fined fourth-ranked broadcaster America TV around $6,500 for showing photos of a murder victim on a newscast.

“America Noticias” (America News) aired four photos of murder victim Nora Dalmasso’s body during the 7 p.m. newscast.

In an on-air statement, the net decried the fine and a federal judge’s decision to ban use of the photos, saying it impinged on freedom of speech. They said this could set a precedent for the legal system to censor other information from the media.

“We showed the photos to give more information and we didn’t pay a peso (for them),” Roman Lejtman, the director of content at America TV said on La Red radio.

This is the latest fine against broadcasters. Last month, Comfer imposed sanctions on No. 2 net Artear-Canal 13 for a pole-dancing competition during which femme competitors exposed breasts during erotic performances.

Comfer, which has been under pressure to make sure content is acceptable for children before 10 p.m., is on alert this week because the popular competition, which is part of variety program “ShowMatch” produced by Ideas del Sur, has shifted to strip dancing.

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