COLOMBIA: Opposition As Usual

Since last August, when he shut down Colombia's leading newspaper, El Tiempo, Strongman-President Gustavo Rojas Pinilla has been carrying on a clumsy feud with the country's traditionally free-swinging press. Last week Rojas discovered that he had stumbled again. His latest press-muzzling maneuver, an attempt to fine two of the country's largest Liberal dailies (El Espectador and El Correo) into oppositionless silence, had backfired. Rojas found himself faced by a "Freedom of the Press Fund," supported by public subscription, to pay the penalties, should he decide to levy similar fines in the...

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