Despite limitations in the exercise of some civic space freedoms, which are particularly apparent at the local level, Argentine civil society is robust and highly visible and has played a positive role in recent legal reforms. The media is highly polarised, and stigmatising statements and criticism by public officials impede the healthy deliberation of public issues. A newly enacted protocol on police action during protests is a step in the wrong direction because it would allow the security forces to use firearms or rubber bullets to disperse crowds.