Perón and the press – archive, 9 January 1950

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9 January 1950: The Commission for Investigating Anti-Argentine Activities has published a list of 45 newspapers closed through its efforts

On New Year’s Day, to mark the opening of the “Year of St. Martin the Liberator,” President Perón made a speech in which he offered “the peoples of the world the benefits of a doctrine that has solved our problems.” He spoke of the new Argentine system as “socially just, economically free, politically sovereign” and presented it as the third position, “neither capitalism nor Communism,” that could bring peace to mankind.

As a proof of the purity of his intentions the recently constituted Commission for Investigating Anti-Argentine Activities has recently published a list of forty-five newspapers closed through its efforts. The two greatest papers in Argentina – La Prensa and La Nación – are being sued for libel by the President for carrying in their columns reports of an attack on the President’s integrity by an Opposition deputy. Both have long been under pressure from the Government, which controls all supplies of newsprint and is using its power to compel subservience.

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