LATIN AMERICA: 11. CASTRO GOVERNMENT SEEKING WIDE DISTRIBUTION OF PROPA-GAN

Created: 3/29/1960

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Government Seeking Wide Distribution of epresentative or tbe cistro-subsidized "Prensa Latina news service recently tried to buy tnto anetwork, centered In Buenos Aires, for low-price books In Spanish. Tbe offer was refused, but other distributors may accept tbe proposal. The Prensa Latloa representative told the Argentine publisher that Peruvian and Colombian col laboratlon had already been secured.

The project outlined to the publisherook series planned to demonstrate tho importance of the Cuban revolution in the future of the Western henlsphere and another series to begin with Castro speeches.

Preoea Latina has had some success in its efforts to gain acceptanceews agency specifically for Latin America, particularly because of its free services to radio aod press media throughout the area. However, it Is. Increasingly Identified as primarily ao apologist for the regime in Cuba, and other Latin American countries, suspicious of Communist influence In the agency, aresome doubt and hostility toward it. This may limit Its success lo projects such as the book-distribution scheme, which is consistent with notably locreasedpolitical, and Intelligence activities reportedly undertaken by Cuban officials *"

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