By: Mark Fitzgerald
Robert J. Cox, a former assistant editor for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., will be honored as an “illustrious citizen” of Buenos Aires Tuesday evening at the Municipal Palace of the Argentina capital.
Cox was cited by the city’s legislature for his courage as an editor of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald during the military dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1983.
The Herald was a rare Buenos Aires paper that reported extensively on military government’s role in torture, assassinations, kidnappings and “disappearing” of persons during those years.
His family received death threats and was sent out of the country. Cox himself was imprisoned briefly for writing editorials urging the release of an imprisoned journalist. He fled the country in 1979 after the head of the military government refused to extend any protection.
Cox, a former president of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), is in Argentina for the organization’s annual meeting.
Cox’s experiences during the so-called “dirty war” in Argentina are recalled in a book by his son, CNN journalist David Cox, entitled “Dirty Secrets, Dirty War: The Exile of Robert J. Cox.”