The Press: The Vanishing Façade

When Fidel Castro took power in Cuba on New Year's Day 1959, 16 newspapers were published daily in Havana. As Castro's intolerance of opposition mounted, the number rapidly shrank to eight. Last week two more Havana papers—the dailies Avance and Información—abruptly disappeared.

Avance was no great loss. Its staff which last January seized the paper from anti-Castro Editor-Publisher Jorge Zayas, was more distinguished for unswerving Fidelity than for journalistic competence; Cuban Press Boss Carlos Franqui was simply heeding the cold voice of economic reason when he decided last week that Avance's circulation of 5,000 (down from 20,000 under Zayas) no longer justified...

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