Abstract : The papers of R. J. Cox, former editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, shed light on two sets of issues: 1. Debates about recent history (e.g., Argentina’s human rights movement vis-a-vis its international correlates; the US/Latin America relationship during the 1970s; the role of the press); 2. Current discussions regarding the weakening of trust in institutions constitutive of liberal democracies—from trust in governments to trust in the media. These sets of issues are interrelated: concerns about the reliability of the media, and the allegedly partisan use of human rights policies, for instance, straddle many contemporary sociopolitical debates.
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