The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA)
expressed its solidarity with the journalist Jesica Bossi and rejected the "aggressions" and "verbal mistreatment"
carried out on her by the libertarian deputy and presidential candidate Javier Milei, in an interview he did on the news network TN.
It is that last week Milei started shouting against Jesica Bossi, after she
asked him about his position on the free carrying of weapons
, in relation to a campaign spot of his candidate for governor in Tucumán, the legislator Ricardo Bussi , who defends that political position and called on citizens to defend themselves "by shooting."
"Instead of responding,
Milei accused Bossi of being in favor of criminals and rebuked her in an aggressive tone
," the representative entity for journalists said in a statement.
"In the attack on Bossi, instead of establishing her position, Milei demanded that the journalist tell her what her position was on the subject.
This caused the questioning of the colleague to multiply on social networks
with the same question, " added the FOPEA statement.
Ricardo Bussi is a Republican Force legislator, son of former dictator Antonio Domingo Bussi,
very close to Javier Milei
and gubernatorial candidate for La Libertad Avanza in
the elections to be held in Tucumán on May 14.
In the spot of his campaign for the Tucuman governorship,
legislator Bussi is seen loading a pistol, firing it and demanding "the legal and free carrying of weapons"
to defend "our families from criminals."
Instead of answering the question that Jesica Bossi asked her in TN, about her candidate's proposal in Tucumán,
Milei yelled at her, mistreated her and accused her of "playing dirty", "being in favor of criminals"
, being "zaffaronista " and "wanting criminals to kill good Argentines like rats."
for this note, Milei preferred not to respond to this situation and the statement from the Argentine Journalism Forum.
FOPEA stated that
it is not the first time that Milei "shows attitudes of these characteristics against journalists
And she recalled when the libertarian deputy described Salta journalist Teresita Frías, from Infosalta, as a "donkey" and "when she refused to answer questions from Laura Serra, from La Nación, and blamed her for attacking him."
Court cases against journalists
In addition, the libertarian congressman and presidential candidate
initiated two million-dollar lawsuits against five other journalists from whom he claims $5 million
, because they accused him of "facho" for speaking of the "moral and aesthetic superiority" of libertarians.
In two trials that are still pending before the Court,
Milei denounced the journalists Pablo Duggan, Fabián Doman, Paulo Vilouta, Débora Plager and Martín Candalaft.
She claims $1 million from each one, "for damage to honor" and "moral damage", as well as her "right to reply", according to her, it arises from the two complaints filed before the Justice.
One of the complaints is against Duggan, whose case is in National Court No. 103.
And the other case was filed in Court No. 33, against the other four journalists.
The situation started when Milei, on Viviana Canosa's television program, in mid-2021, assured -almost shouting- that the libertarians were "crushing in the cultural battle" the "shit lefties.
We are passing them over, because we are not only beating them productively", but also
"we are morally superior, aesthetically superior
, we are better at everything... and it hurts them", assured Milei.
Debora Plager in Intractables.
The journalists Plager, Doman, Vilouta and Candalaft criticized
those expressions by Milei
in the program Intratables, on June 17 .
“It's a concept, first, facho,” Doman said.
To which Plager added: "Totally."
And then he said: "Very Hitlerian."
For those three words that Plager said, Milei wants him to pay a million pesos, plus the costs of the trial and the lawyers' salaries.
Later, Duggan also criticized him in similar terms.
The deputy, who says he promotes freedom, could not stand that those words were said about him.
It was a "slanderous rally out of control," Milei said in her complaint.
"I cannot ignore
this trivialization of the Holocaust carried out by the defendants
, since it would imply breaking my public commitment," said Milei.
However, it drew attention among sources in the Jewish community that "his declared fight against anti-Semitism" included a legal complaint against the journalist
Débora Plager, who is Jewish and has part of her family murdered in the Holocaust,
and against Fabián David Doman, whose biological father is also Jewish.
Plager's brother was born in Israel - where his parents lived for several years - his mother has a large part of her work related to the fight against anti-Semitism and his grandfather
lost his wife and three of his children murdered in a concentration camp.
"I find it unfair that Milei takes me to court for trivializing the Holocaust, when I have a large part of my family who died in the Shoa (Holocaust)," Plager told Clarín in the middle of last
And he added: "It is an attack against freedom of expression that a political leader takes me and four other journalists to trial, for our opinions, which are guaranteed by the Constitution and international conventions."
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