On December 10, 2006, Augusto Pinochet, former President of Chile died in Santiago due to heart complications (Gatica 1). He was a man both loved and hated during his 17 years as head of state. Pinochet was loved for overthrowing socialist President Salvador Allende in the United States supported 1973 coup, and was hated for the countless crimes against humanity committed under his regime. The official count of people that have disappeared or been killed while Pinochet was in power is estimated at about 3,000 (Gatica 1).
Augusto Pinochet ruled with an iron fist from 1974-1990. He was encouraged to pursue a military career by both his mother, and his wife Lucia. Pinochet became a general and commander in chief under the government of President Salvador Allende in the 1970s (Profile 1).
[...] Both Agence France- Presse and Canada 's National Post wrote articles describing the man Pinochet and his controversial reign as Chile 's head of state. Interesting enough, despite their cultural ties France and Canada took on different perspectives when covering the life of Pinochet. The Agence France article focused on the negatives and tackled the human rights abuses committed by Pinochet, while the National Post article took a more positive light on the Pinochet regime and described how he boosted the economy by allowing private enterprise (Pinochet's mixed leagacy 1). [...]
[...] A social responsibility press philosophy uses self-censorship to print stories that are not harmful to the image of its country and interests. Canada's National Post used the social responsibility press philosophy in its coverage of Pinochet. Since its founder Izzy Asper is deeply tied to protecting the image of Israel, Asper may very well be trying to do the same for the United States', Israel's ally. By focusing on the good that came out of Pinochet's reign less blame can be handed to the US government, an Israeli ally that assisted Pinochet's coup into power. [...]
[...] A day later on December Agence France- Presse published an article by Gabriel Gatica titled, “Violence marks Pinochet's passing, state funeral denied”, that told the death of Augusto Pinochet and his military actions in Chile. In the Canadian article the benefits of Pinochet's regime was examined. Pinochet's regime was seen in a more positive light. Pinochet's market- oriented economy brought prosperity to Chile while its neighbors grew in despair (Pinochet's mixed legacy 1). He brought deregulating and privatizing in most of Chilean government (Pinochet's mixed legacy 1). [...]
[...] Pinochet was put under house arrest and ordered to be registered as a criminal suspect at the police department were he took his mug shots and fingerprints (Profile 2). Charges were dropped in July 2002 by the Supreme Court who said that Pinochet was "mentally unfit to stand trial" (Profile 2). New human rights abuses charges were placed on Pinochet, but he fought each attempt to stand before a trial (Profile 2). Chilean courts had stripped Pinochet from prosecution immunity since 2000, but each time he was called to trial his lawyers have said that he was not healthy enough to go (Profile 3). [...]
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