Introduction

Standing Together

When Jacobo Timerman, an editor in Argentina, founded La Opini贸n, in 1971, he positioned the publication as a voice of reason in a polarized country. At the time, Argentina was entering a period of turmoil and upheaval. In 1973, Juan Domingo Per贸n, the country鈥檚 former president, returned from a long exile and was reelected. Timerman supported him. The following year, Per贸n died and was replaced by his wife, Isabel Mart铆nez de Per贸n. The left rose up to oppose her; the country descended into chaos. In 1976, Jorge Rafael Videla, a lieutenant general, overthrew the government, which marked the beginning of a military junta and the onset of the Dirty War. Timerman covered the news in the pages of La Opini贸n, printing the names of desaparecidos鈥攖hose 鈥渄isappeared鈥 by the brutal regime.

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