Columnists: The Prickliest Pundit

The knock on the door came shortly after midnight, but Brazilian Journalist Helio Fernandes was not surprised to find the three army officers standing in the hall. "You are under arrest," said the captain in charge. Fernandes asked to see the warrant. The captain's only reply was: "This is the army!"

ernandes, who has made a career of offering himself as his country's fastest-moving journalistic target, had been tipped off. He had already called a hasty press conference and told fellow newsmen the army was after him. "There is no arrest warrant,"...

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