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Citadel News Service
13 Feb 2009

Journalist Robert J. Cox to speak


Former Post and Courier editor Robert J. Cox, who is the subject of a book entitled Dirty Secrets, Dirty War: The Exile of Robert J. Cox, will give a talk at The Citadel at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in Bond Hall 165. The talk, which is open to the public, will be followed by a book signing.  Books will be available for purchase.

Written by Cox’s son, David Cox, a CNN journalist, the book chronicles the crimes of the military dictatorship in Argentina during the late 1970s when Cox worked as the editor of the Buenos Aires Herald.   In his quest to report the truth about the government’s brutal campaign to root out possible subversives, Cox put himself and his family in great danger. 

“Nearly a quarter of a century has passed since the end of the aptly named ‘Dirty War’ in Argentina, yet I still find it too painful to relive those malevolent times by writing about them,” wrote Cox in the foreword of the book. “So, I am deeply indebted to my son David for telling the story of a small English-language daily newspaper, the Buenos Aires Herald, which saved lives by refusing to be silenced by terrorism.”

The talk is sponsored by The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English.

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