• Short Summary

    Bolivian newspapers and broadcasting stations staged a 24-hour strike on Friday (21 May) in protest over the military government's threat to court-martial journalists.

  • Description

    Bolivian newspapers and broadcasting stations staged a 24-hour strike on Friday (21 May) in protest over the military government's threat to court-martial journalists.

    A communique was issued by the High Command of the ruling armed forces, on Thursday (20 May), charging "misuse" of press freedom. The high command criticised the press for carrying reports from Argentina by an exiled General, Luis Reque Teran, accusing President Hugo Banzer's government of indirect responsibility for the assassination of the Bolivian ambassador to France.

    The ambassador, General Joaquin Zenteno Anaya, was shot by a gunman on May 11 as he left the Bolivian embassy in Paris. General Reque Teran issued a statement saying that the ambassador felt he was being deliberately sent into danger from left-wing assassins when eh went to Paris in 1973.

    General Zenteno played a major part in the hunt and capture of the Cuban revolutionary, 'Che' Guevara, in the Bolivian jungle in 1967. He personally interrogated Guevara before the revolutionary was executed.

    The armed forces also complained of "insidious allegations" in the Bolivian press over General Zenteno's death. They said in future such reports would be treated as "serious offences subject to the most drastic punishment under the military penal code".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7V5TVP526PP956R9VCFPYRIT7
    Media URN:
    VLVA7V5TVP526PP956R9VCFPYRIT7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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