Keep it Covert
Friday, June 11, 2004
In 1982, The New York Times reported on a massacre that had taken place at the hands of American-trained counterinsurgency forces in the Salvadoran village of El Mozote. But the Reagan administration insisted that no massacre had taken place, and eventually The Times, under pressure from the administration, reassigned the reporter who had broken the story. Journalist Robert Parry, who first reported many aspects of the Iran-Contra Affair, tells Brooke that it was just one example of how the Reagan administration discouraged unfavorable coverage of its policies in Central America.