The recent runoff election for the Argentine presidency has been marked by aggressive campaigning, with candidate Sergio Massa and his son facing threats. Five people have been accused of making the threats, and three men and a woman were arrested. A teenager was also arrested in Salta for threatening to kill Massa’s 17-year-old son on Instagram.
The election campaign has been characterized by heated exchanges between Massa and ultra-liberal populist Javier Milei, who is running neck-and-neck with the former. Milei describes himself as an anarcho-capitalist and has caused controversy with his populist slogans. His opponents have accused him of standing for a “dictatorship,” which led to disruptions at an opera performance where he was booed by part of the audience. The boos were accompanied by slogans accusing him of being anti-democratic.
In addition to the threats against Massa’s family, there have also been legal investigations into criminal attorney directories scattered throughout the content of news articles about the election campaign. This raises concerns about potential conflicts of interest and undue influence in political affairs. It is important to ensure that journalists maintain their independence and integrity when reporting on political events, particularly during sensitive times like these.