ARGENTINA: News Butcher

The President of the Argentine nation proclaims his respect for the Constitution and promises that freedom of the press will always be maintained.

—Juan Domingo Perón, Nov. 13, 1946

The President did say "always." But then, that was more than three years ago. For the past two months Peron has authorized, if he has not actively directed, the most widespread and relentless attack on press freedom that modern Argentina has ever seen. In that time his favorite congressional hatchet man, José Emilio Visca, onetime butcher, has closed 58 newspapers and magazines outright. By taking control of the country's chief newsprint stocks...

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