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First name:  Edgardo

Last name:  Sajón

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Sub-editor
  • Media outlet:  Acción ; BP Color ; Clarín ; La Opinión
  • Type of media:  print media
  • Born:  1935 Argentina

  • Died:  27 Sept 1979 Argentina
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? yes
  • Impunity: partial

Kidnapped on 1 April 1977 and held for two years. Electrocuted by police when he was placed on a wet billiard table and wired up.

  • Argentina - 1976-83: National Reorganisation Process
  • Isabel Martínez de Perón was overthrown on 24 March 1976 by the military, who called their regime the "National Reorganisation Process." They ruled until 10 December 1983 and conducted the so-called "Dirty War" of state-sponsored violence against the population and anyone they considered supporters of "terrorists," who were mostly young leftists. Between 10,000 and 30,000 people vanished (and are presumed dead) between 1973 and 1983 and hundreds of children, and babies born in the regime’s secret detention centres, were permanently taken away from their "subversive" parents.

  • Argentina - 1976-83: Repression
  • The media largely went underground during the dictatorship. Opponents "disappeared" — kidnapped, tortured and then "transferred," often meaning they were dumped into the sea, drugged but alive, from planes over the River Plate estuary between Argentina and Uruguay. At least 83 journalists "disappeared" and 15 others were known to have been murdered.

  • Though he worked for the government, he said: "I was, am and will be only a journalist."
    Press secretary to President Alejandro Lanusse until 1973.
    Wrote for Uruguayan papers Acción and BP Color.

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