The Argentinian Law on Audiovisual Communication Services (LSCA) recognizes the right of community broadcasters—as private nonprofit media—to access a third of the radio spectrum, as well as public and commercial media. Nevertheless, the reform takes time to be implemented and we wanted to explore why starting from the experiences of those actors who carry out community communication activities, according to the hypothesis that the public vs private legal criterion of media classification may “upstream” harm the community sector. We adopted a qualitative methodology; we choose Misiones Province as a case study and performed fifteen semi-structured interviews with key informants. Although the legal definition of community media seems convincing to many interviewees, it turns out that almost all recognize this kind of media by their use and function, and not by their private or public property
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