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Campaign continues in defense of Argentine news agency Télam

Buenos Aires, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The professionals of the Argentine news agency Télam continue collecting signatures in support of a bill that will ensure its continuity, a few days away from the 79th anniversary of its founding.

With the support of union organizations, the workers of the agency went to various media outlets, stations, and central places in Buenos Aires and other cities to seek support for the campaign, whose motto is “We Defend Télam and the rights to information”.

On March 1st, President Javier Milei announced the closure of the agency and strongly criticized the news agencies and those who spoke out against him. Three days later, the media outlet’s website was taken offline and the Police placed fences around the offices in the capital. The workers could no longer enter the premises, and received compulsory licenses and a proposal for a “voluntary retirement.”

Since then, the workers have been camping around the offices and have carried out several initiatives to demand the continuity of Télam highlighting its importance in the current context.

“We defend the strategic role of the agency for the media system and democracy. For this reason, we support the federal Télam bill, plural information and transparency for official advertising,” says the statement presented for signature.

The proposal grants a relevant role to Congress through the creation of a Permanent Bicameral Control Commission and participation in the election of board members, along with those appointed by the Executive Branch.

Télam was created on April 14th, 1945, has more than 700 employees, and is the only national agency with a network of correspondents in all provinces in Argentina.

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