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Argentina asks its Supreme Court to enforce anti-monopoly law against media rival Grupo Clarin

President Cristina Fernandez appealed to Argentina's Supreme Court on Friday, trying to enforce a government-imposed deadline for dismembering Grupo Clarin, a media company that has become her leading rival in the court of public opinion.

The midnight Friday deadline for media companies to announce how they'll sell off properties that exceed anti-monopoly limits imposed by Congress three years ago was stayed Thursday evening despite concerted efforts by Fernandez's ministers to enforce the law.

The injunction guarantees that the two forces commanding the largest audiences in Argentina won't stop fighting until the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the media reforms that Fernandez has made a centerpiece of her presidency.

Indeed, Fernandez still plans to celebrate her campaign against corporate-funded speech with a Sunday rock concert and presidential address.