Controversial Media Law Advances In Argentina


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNN) -- The lower house of Argentina's Congress on Thursday approved a controversial media law, sending the measure to the senate for consideration.

The media law calls for the creation of a regulatory agency and spells out ownership rules regarding how many and what kind of outlets one company can hold. But opponents said it targets media critical of the current government, especially the media giant Grupo Clarin.

The measure passed by a vote of 147 to 4, but the wide margin did not reflect the heated debate over it.

Congressmen opposed to the measure protested by walking out of the chamber and not voting. Some even threatened to turn to the courts to challenge the legitimacy of the vote.

--CNN en Español's Guillermo Fontana contributed to this report.

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