ARGENTINA: The Light Went Out

Just at the rush hour one afternoon last week, a group of men turned out of Buenos Aires' honking, bustling Avenida de Mayo into the quiet courtyard of the government-closed newspaper La Prensa. Five of the men were members of the congressional committee ordered to take over the paper and examine its books; the rest were cops and minor legal officials. In the courtyard, knots of employees fell silent as the government men went by.

At the paper's reception room, the group was met by Manuel Constenla, La Prensa's business manager, and Dr....

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