The Chargé in Argentina (Cabot) to the Secretary of State

No. 1019

Sir: With reference to despatch No. 997 of October 6, 194535 entitled “Two Additional Cases of Censorship”, I have the honor to report that on October 5 at approximately 1:30 p.m. the United Press was ordered by telephone from the Subsecretariat of Information to send no news dispatch abroad regarding the action of the Supreme Court in reinstating Judge Rodolfo Barraco Marmol of the Federal Court of Córdoba to his post and freeing him from the penitentiary following his dismissal and arrest by executive decree as a consequence of his issuing a writ of habeas corpus freeing six university professors from police detention (as reported in telegram No. 2450 of October 6, 2 p.m.35). The Supreme Court’s action was taken at about 5 p.m. on October 5 but apparently the Subsecretariat had been warned in advance.

The United Press cabled the news item in full soon afterwards to the United States, in defiance of this order, through All America Cables and Radio, Inc.

The Associated Press received no such order. It reported the incident by cable through the All America Cables and Radio, Inc.

Both Associated Press and United Press were ordered not to transmit the news to their Argentine clients. They did transmit the news, together with the order of censorship. No paper is known to have published the item.

I have protested strongly regarding this to the Foreign Office.

Respectfully yours,

John M. Cabot
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