INTRODUCTION A British journalist, Robert Cox, was freed by Argentinean authorities on Sunday (23 April) after spending 24 hours in jail on charges of publishing subversive information.
INTRODUCTION A British journalist, Robert Cox, was freed by Argentinean authorities on Sunday (23 April) after spending 24 hours in jail on charges of publishing subversive information. But Mr Cox, who's editor of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald, will probably have to stand trial later.
SYNOPSIS: Buenos Aires has been the centre of a number of arrests of newspapermen in recent weeks. Three prominent journalists were held by the military authorities without being charged.
Two other journalists disappeared recently after being abducted by heavily-armed plain-clothes men, and another was found murdered last month. Army sources say the three in detention were being held by the military because of investigations into allegations linking a local financial group with the dissident Peronist Montonero guerrillas.
An article in the Buenos Aires Herald on Thursday (21 April) led to Mr Cox's arrest. It reported from Rome on a news conference by the guerrilla group, and the authorities allege it breached two laws which ban publication of reports about subversive activities without prior government clearance. The Herald was the only newspaper which published the story that day. Others carried it the following day after an army statement saying the news conference was an attempt to slander the nation.
The Herald, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last September, is an outspoken newspaper. It has refused to be muzzled in reporting events its staff know have occurred, whether or not they are officially announced.
Mr Cox faces from two to eight years in jail if the charges against him are proved.