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Argentine judge blocks president's media overhaul

Martin Sabbatella, the Argentine media-regulatory chief dismissed by President Mauricio Macri on December 23 2015, has denied that the president had authority to end his term early but has now seen his former agency ordered disbandedAn Argentine judge blocked President Mauricio Macri from scrapping a media watchdog aimed at preventing monopolies, the conservative leader’s latest jab at his left-wing predecessor’s policies. Macri’s chief of staff Marco Pena kicked off a tumultuous day in the politically loaded world of Argentine media regulation by announcing that Macri had signed a decree creating a new state telecommunications body. The new body would absorb the existing AFSCA regulator that prevents monopolies by media firms and the AFTIC technology regulator, Pena said.

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