Artist: Jacobo Timerman
Confronting Bodies: Government under General Videla, president
Date of Action: April 1977
Specific Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Description of Artwork: Timerman was the editor and publisher of the Buenos Aires newspaper La Opinion. In it, he constantly attacked the Argentine government, military services, secret police, and terrorist gangs. He was a passionate advocate of human rights and social justice.
Description of Incident: He was arrested on April 15, 1977 and with no charges brought against him, was imprisoned without a trial. He was interrogated about his participation in Zionist organizations, tortured and locked in isolation. During the period surrounding his imprisonment, he was one of twenty to thirty thousand Argentines that disappeared without a trace.
Results of Incident: After thirty months in prison, and as a result of a worldwide campaign he was freed. In September 1979, he was stripped of his Argentine citizenship and expelled from the country. He took refuge in Israel where he lived in Tel Aviv with his family. In 1984 he returned to Argentina where he currently resides.
Source: Timerman, Jacobo, Prisoner without a name, Cell without a number
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