ARGENTINA: Muzzle for the Press

President Juan Domingo Perón has long had a stock reply to critics of his press policy: look at the free and active opposition newspapers in Argentina. By last week that answer had lost whatever meaning it once had.

For half a dozen opposition publications there was no freedom of expression—in fact, there was no expression at all. They have been throttled since Buenos Aires print shop owners were invited to police headquarters and told to stop printing them. The printers knuckled under; the papers went out of business.

Perón is out also for bigger game. Staid, profitable La Prensa, stalwart of...

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