Argentina planning to charge major newspapers' directors with crimes against humanity

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  • September 20, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

According to Perfil, the legal offensive by the government against the country’s most prolific dailies has taken a new step, as it prepares to open criminal charges against the owner and director of Clárin Group, Ernestina Herrera de Noble and Héctor Magnetto, respectively, and the director of La Nación, Bartolomé Mitre. They are accused of being direct accomplices in crimes against humanity during the Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983).

In its story, Perfil cites a report signed by the national Human Rights office on alleged irregularities in the transfer of ownership of the newsprint company Papel Prensa in 1976 and accuses officials in the dictatorship of crimes like extortion, torture, and kidnapping. The complaint asks for the “immediate arrest” of those involved, including accomplices.

The human rights complaint will be presented publicly in the next several days, La Gaceta de Tucumán adds.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.