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February 17, 1953
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Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80-0081OA000200510004-9 .CENTRA.L INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT CONFIDENTIAL SECURITY INFORMATION COUNTRY Chile SUBJECT Expansion of Chilean Communist Press 25X1A DATE OF INFO. PLACE ACQUIRED 25X1X This Document contains Information affecting the. Na tional Defense of the United States, within the mean- frig of Title 18, Sections 793 and 794, of the U.S. Code, as amended. Its transmission or revelation of its contents.. to or receipt by an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. The reproduction of this form is prohibited. 25X1A REPORT NO. DATE DISTR. 17 February 1953 NO. OF PAGES 2 REQUIREMENT NO. RD REFERENCES THE SOURCE EVALUATIONS IN THIS REPORT ARE DEFINITIVE. THE APPRAISAL OF CONTENT IS TENTATIVE. (FOR KEY SEE REVERSE) 1, In conjunction with efforts of the Communist Party. of Chile (PCCh) to increase its propaganda activities, PCCh leaders intend to revive the following news- papers which were shut down prior to or at the time the PCCh was forced.under- ground in 1948s El Despertar de los TrabaJadores, in Igiique- El Coquimbo in Coquimbo; and El Siglo, 14 Concepcion. A new, as yet unnamed., Communist newspaper for the Punta Arenas region of Chile, in the extreme southern zone will be inaugurated. El Despertar de los TrabaJadores has already resumed publication on a limited scale and will serve as the.Cenmimist organ for northern Chile. El Coquimbo will be published in Coquimbo. and distributed throughout the so-called .tiNorte Chico" zone of north-central Chile. El Siglo of Concepcion will cover the south-central zone. 2. On 10 January 1953 E1 S correspondents met at ELSiglo offices in. Santiago to discuss administrative changes. The meeting was publicized by E to and is the second such meeting to take place in recent weeks. Victor CONTRERAS Tapia was named chief of all $o correspondents and has since departed for northern Chile, where he will hold similar gatherings in Antofagasta, Iquique, and Arica, which are designed. to improve news coverage in those areas. CONTRERAS, at one time a leading PCCh leader, has been extremely ill during the past few years, suffering from;"low blood pressure and overweight. The northern trip marks his return to active Party status. 3. Among the most recent additions to the growing list of Communist publications in Chile are a 204.-,page.Spanish edition of MAO Tse-Tung?s La Nueva Demooracia, a history of the Chinese revolutions and a fourteen-page history of the Chilean Communist labor movement., taken from the writings of Luis Emilio RECABARREN. Both were published in Santiago. it has been determined that the monthly magazine Unidad, of the employees of the Caja'de Seguro Obligatorio in Santiago, is edited by Communist Alfonso RAMOS, a former Ei i to writer, and follows the PCCh political line, While not the official publication of the Caja de Seguro Obligatorio employees, CONFIDENTIAL ,STATE ARMY BAVY A1R FBI AEC II (Notes Wabin.terv Distribution Indieatad "X"i Field Distribution "#".) Approved For Release 2001/03104: CIA-RDP80-0081OA000200510004-9 Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80-0081OA000200510004-9 25X1A Unidad is advertised as such by 1 Silo and has a circulation of 2,000 copies, 5, In discussing the discovery of large quantities of Communist propaganda in the ruins of the disastrous Valparaiso fire and explosion of 1 January 1953, the following information regarding the handling of Communist propaganda bundles arriving in Chilean ports has been reported: Incoming bundles are thrown by Communist crew members of the carrier ship to marked tugboats during landing operations. They are hidden in the tugs until after the carrier ship has departed, at which time they are unloaded in water-front shacks, to be picked up by vehicles of the Departamento de Obras Publican (Public Works Department). These vehicles. in turn carry the material to specified railroad and highway department warehouses, and from there regular distribution is effected. CONFIDENTIAL Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80-0081OA000200510004-9