Rodolfo Jorge Walsh (born on January 9, 1927 in Lamarque*) was an Argentine writer, considered the founder of investigative journalism. He is most famous for his Open Letter from a Writer to the Military Junta which he wrote the day before his murder, protesting that their economic policies were having an even greater effect on ordinary Argentines than their human rights abuses. He was murdered on March 25, 1977.
Walsh finished his primary education in a small town in Río Negro Province, from where he moved to Buenos Aires in 1941, where he completed high school. Although he started studying philosophy at university, he abandoned it and held a number of different jobs, mostly as a writer or editor. Between 1944 and 1945 he joined the Alianza Libertadora Nacionalista, a movement he later denounced as "Nazi". In 1953 he received the Buenos Aires Municipal Literature Award for his book Variaciones en Rojo.
After initially supporting the Revolución Libertadora which overthrew Juan Perón in 1955, by 1956 he rejected the hard line path of the military government of Aramburu. In 1957 he finished Operación Masacre, an investigative work on the illegal execution of Peron's sympathizers during an ill-fated attempt at restoring Peronism to power in June 1956. In 1960 he went to Cuba, where, together with Jorge Masetti, he founded the Prensa Latina press agency. He was then close to the CGT de los Argentinos.
While in Cuba, it has been proposed that he decrypted a CIA telex referring to the upcoming Bay of Pigs invasion, helping Castro prepare for the supposedly secret operation.
Back in Argentina, in 1973 Walsh joined the Montoneros radical group, but eventually began to question the views of the organization. Four years later he was killed during a shoot-out with a special military group that set an ambush for him. His body and some of his writings were never seen again.
Four films have been based on his work, including Operación masacre (1973) and Asesinato a distancia (1998), and three of his books were published years after his death, most notably Cuento para tahúres y otros relatos policiales.
Walsh's daughter Patricia Walsh became a politician.
Read more about Rodolfo Walsh: Early Years, Journalism, Political Activity, Differences With Montoneros, His Role As Part of The Montoneros Intelligence, ANCLA, Unconfirmed Versions, The Death of His Daughter Victoria and Of His Friend Urondo, Death, Judicial Process For His Death, Narrative Style, Work, Further Reading
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