The Press: Pressure in Peru

Pedro Beltrán is one of Peru's few enlightened aristocrats. As Prime Minister from 1959 to 1961, he brought the country back from the brink of economic collapse with a hard-nosed policy of "austerity within the framework of a free economy." For the past 22 years, Beltran, now 75, has also used his sober, middle-of-the-road La Prensa in Lima to protest both social injustice from the far right and suppression of freedoms from the left. His targets have included the leftist military regime that came to power in 1968. Though Beltrán's criticism has been...

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