The Press: In Memoriam

Almost casually, Washington's National Press Club announced last week that it was going to fly its flag at half-staff in mourning for the Perón-suppressed La Prensa. The Washington Post urged newspapers to do so too. On mourning day, three days later, newspapers, press clubs and radio stations all through the Western Hemisphere lowered their flags. Buenos Aires' doughty La Natión, Argentina's last important independent daily, noted the demonstration in a brief, straightforward account. But the Peronista La Epoca set the note for the rest of Argentina's press: "Yellow journalists and gangsters are lowering the flag of piracy."


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