The Argentine Government closed down the daily newspaper "Cronica" on Friday (20 December), following the newspaper's campaign in favour of an invasion of the British-administered Falkland Islands (known in Argentine as the Malvinas Islands).
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Background: The Argentine Government closed down the daily newspaper "Cronica" on Friday (20 December), following the newspaper's campaign in favour of an invasion of the British-administered Falkland Islands (known in Argentine as the Malvinas Islands).
The left-wing daily newspaper Le Calle (The Street) was also closed after only ten weeks of publication, for allegedly "eulogising" urban guerrillas. This brings to five the number of daily papers closed by the Peronist Government during the past year.
Decrees announcing the closures on Friday said that Cronica and La Calle were shut down indefinitely. Police were ordered to occupy their editorial offices and printing plants.
Cronica, a tabloid with morning and evening editions, had a circulation of about 850,000. A spokesman said that the closure had put approximately twelve hundred people out of work. La Calle employed about 200 people and sold about 150,000 copies a day.
The decree against Cronica said that the "invasion" campaign was "seditious" and aimed at usurping the powers of decision of the people's representatives, under the excuse of furthering a noble cause.
The newspaper had called for volunteers to form an invasion force to wrest the Falkland Islands from the control of the United Kingdom. The British Government has said that it is only willing to hand over the islands to Argentina if the population of the islands wish it.