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 n.— «Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner, for instance, rarely misses the opportunity in public appearances to call out, by name, journalists who have offended him. These occasions often lead to threats against journalists, according to IAPA. More worrying, the association says, is “the emergence of groups of thugs aligned to the president that, in the style of Fascist gangs of the past,” physically attack journalists or buildings housing news organizations. Argentinean journalists at IAPA’s annual meeting said the phenomenon is so common that a slang word has been coined to describe it: “escrachan.”» —“IAPA: Press Freedom in Hemisphere ‘Seriously Diminished’” by Mark Fitzgerald Editor & Publisher Oct. 3, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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