Exiled English journalist returns to Argentina as columnist for the Buenos Aires Herald

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  • September 2, 2010

By Maira Magro

Forced into exile in the United States more than 30 years ago for covering human rights abuses in Argentina during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), the London-born journalist Robert Cox now has returned to Argentina to write for the Buenos Aires Herald, that newspaper reported.

During the 1970s, Cox was editor-in-chief of the Herald, an English-language newspaper, where he oversaw extensive coverage of the deaths and disappearances by the military regime.

Ámbito.com reproduced excerpts of an interview Cox gave to the Buenos Aires Herald, in which he spoke about the reality in Argentina, the conflict between the government and media company Clarín, and his tough experience having to leave the country in 1979 because of death threats he received for covering Argentina's Dirty War.

As for the conflict between the government and Clarín, Cox argued that "it is impossible to see the government's actions as anything other than a direct attack on the group," but he also criticized the newspaper, as did the newspaper La Nacion, for attacking the government "every day," which for him, "discourages many readers."

Cox recently was named "illustrious citizen" of Buenos Aires in recognition for his work.

The newspaper La Nación also printed excerpts of the interview with Cox.

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.