The Press: Battler Below the Border

In Rio de Janeiro, where there are more than 25 dailies, one newspaper editor towers over all others. Energetic, chunky Carlos Lacerda, 39, crusading editor and publisher of the city's Tribune da Imprensa (Press Box), is South America's most vigilant spokesman for press freedom. In his battles for a free press below the border, Lacerda, who has twice been elected secretary of the Inter American Press Association, has earned a reputation among newsmen as "Latin America's 20th century Tom Paine." "He has done more for public morality in Brazil," says one of Rio's...

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