Argentine journalist testifies against military for dictatorship-era crimes

Argentine journalist Rafael Morán, who spent four and a half months in prison during the dictatorship (1976-1983) for writing about a disappeared dissident, testified in Mendoza about crimes against humanity by the military, Clarin reports.

The ex-Clarín correspondent was arrested March 24, 1976, and while he was not physically harmed, Morán said he was interrogated and suffered psychological abuse, Los Andes explains.

“It was constant torture, they would bring in beaten people, hold them underwater in a bucket or a sink, they would suffocate them with a bag. A boy…that was studying medicine had his spleen broken, we didn’t know when they would take us, there was incredible fear,” he said, cited by El Sol Online.

His wife, also a journalist, was arrested soon after and was held for nine months, Clarín adds.

According to Los Andes, Morán violated a censorship rule when he wrote a column about a disappeared dissident whose mother visited his newsroom.

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.