ARGENTINA: The Burial of La Prensa

Dictator Juan Peron, always at pains to keep his dirty work legal, executed a maneuver last week that gave the sanction of the law to the strangling of La Prensa. By terms of the law, the great independent newspaper was expropriated by the government.

To frame up a case, a Peronista-packed Parliamentary Commission had dug through La Prensa's files for a month in search of irregularities. Pickings were evidently slim. The worst crime the commission could find to charge against the newspaper was that it used the United Press news service, and paid the U.P. $8,000 a week; that proved...

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