ARGENTINA: Jailed Press

The newspaper El Intransigente, in the northern Argentine city of Salta, was neither as big, old, rich, or famous as Buenos Aires' late great La Prensa. But under the editing of David Michel Torino, 56, it was Salta's best newspaper. Like La Prensa, El Intransigente was also outspokenly anti-Peron. For that it has been forced to pay with its life.

Two years ago its plant was padlocked for alleged reselling of newsprint—though the difference between what the newspaper bought and what it used had been less than eleven ounces. Then Peron expropriated Editor Torino's personal property, and a Salta judge...

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