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Tiempo Argentino is written by around 100 journalists who decided to create a cooperative to recover the newspaper where they used to work and that was suddenly closed by its owners, Sergio Szpolski and Matías Garfunkel. The initial capital came from the newspaper’s readers, who bought the special edition written by the cooperative’s workers to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of the 1976 coup. Tiempo Argentino reopened as a self-managed media with a print version on Sundays and a digital newspaper from Mondays to Saturdays. It is the only national newspaper supported by its readership, which contributes 70% of the cooperative’s income. This had allowed its members to work independently and to be one of the few disagreeing voices in Argentina at a time of high media concentration. A model in Argentina, the newspaper organized a National Meeting of Recovered Newspapers in 2018 and founded Argentina’s National Network of Recovered Newspapers (RNDR), which today is comprised by 11 members. Before being recovered by its workers, the newspaper belonged to Grupo 23, a media conglomerate owned by Sergio Szpolski and Matías Garfunkel. Its business model was based on official advertising. Under the new administration and with no guarantees that they would make easy money, the owners decided to strip the company’s assets. The cooperative’s members have filed charges against them.

Key facts

Audience Share

18,763 issues

Ownership Type


Geographic Coverage

Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires

Content Type

Paid content

Active Transparency

company/channel informs proactively and comprehensively about its ownership, data is constantly updated and easily verifiable

4 ♥

Media Companies / Groups

Tiempo Argentino


Ownership Structure

Limited liability workers’ cooperative.

Voting Rights

Decision-making takes place at the cooperative’s General Meeting, which is attended by all the cooperative’s workers. Each worker has a vote. Decisions are made by majority vote.

Media Companies / Groups

General Information

Founding Year


Affiliated Interests Founder

Cooperativa de Trabajo Por Más Tiempo LTDA

It comprises those press workers who decided to create a cooperative to recover the newspaper where they used to work and that was suddenly closed by its owners, Sergio Szpolski and Matías Garfunkelwithout previous notice. It has no external financial support and does not report formally to any political or social organization.

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Federico Amigo

Amigo President of the workers’ cooperative and journalist with over ten years of experience.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Fernando Capotondo

He was Director of newspaper Crónica and Deputy Editor of Crítica de la Argentina. He was also Editor-In-Chief of the online version of Perfil. He was Deputy Editor of the newspaper when Tiempo Argentino was private. Today he is Editor-In-Chief of the workers’ cooperative that manages the newspaper. He also launched Libres, a website that focuses on literature, particularly from Asian countries.


México 437, city of Buenos Aires

TE: (54 011) 4342 4601



Financial Information

Revenue (in Mill. $)

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Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

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Advertising (in % of total funding)

$283,982 / $7,977,056

Market Share

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Further Information

Meta Data

Advertising figures include private and official advertising in 2018.
Circulation data in October 2018.
Income data are from fiscal year 2017–2018 and include newspaper sales, contributions from members, advertising and special events.
Revenue numbers are the surplus of fiscal year 2017–2018. Since workers’ cooperatives are non-profit organizations, earnings are re-invested or distributed among their organization’s members to compensate them for their job.

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