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Son of Prominent Chilean Publisher Reported Missing

September 25, 1991

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ The 33-year-old son of a prominent Chilean publisher was kidnapped two weeks ago, his father said in a statement Tuesday night.

There were few details on the kidnapping of Cristian Edwards del Rio, son of Agustin Edwards Eastman, publisher of El Mercurio, Chile’s largest newspaper chain. The younger Edwards is manager of regional newspapers for the Mercurio company.

Edwards Eastman said that shortly after his son disappeared he got a note announcing that he ″was in the hands of third parties who did not identify themselves. They promised future contacts which have not occurred so far.″

A brief communique issued by Interior Minister Enrique Krauss said Edwards’ disappearance had not been made public previously ″considering the human life at stake in this lamentable situation.″

Krauss said a judge had banned reporting on the case under an agreement reached by the government and the family.

He urged the news media ″to take into account the importance of the involved values, fundamentally the right to life, so its reporting will contribute to preserve those principles.″

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