Argentina holds up book imports to help industry

September 30, 2011 • Business

Gabriel D’Iorio and his one-year-old daughter Helena arrive for the inauguration of the Museum of the Book and the Language in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday Sept. 29, 2011.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s booksellers are accusing the government of censorship, saying more than a million imported books have stacked up in customs as authorities try to rebuild the country’s printing houses.

The dispute is about commerce, not ideology, and publishing houses are only the latest sector of the economy to experience the strong-arm tactics of a government determined to rebuild domestic industrial capacity.

President Cristina Fernandez didn’t directly address the customs controversy Thursday night when she inaugurated the new Museum of the Book and the Language. But she said her government is dedicated to restoring Argentina’s ability to take care of itself in an uncertain world.

“The world is going in one direction and at times it seems like we’re going to the opposite, but this is the necessary path to recover a country that already knew how to do Login to read more

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