Mexico: Prominent journalist Granados Chapa dies

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Posted: Oct 17, 2011 12:10 AM
Mexico: Prominent journalist Granados Chapa dies

Mexico's president is mourning the death of well-known columnist and democracy advocate Miguel Angel Granados Chapa, calling his passing a sad say for letters and journalism in Mexico.

President Felipe Calderon says Granados Chapa was a vigorous defender of freedom of expression and tireless journalist whose critiques strengthened democratic culture and life.

Calderon issued his condolences in a statement late Sunday.

The newspaper Reforma, where Granados Chapa wrote the column, Public Square, said he died Sunday afternoon at the age of 70.

He was a key player in Mexico's march toward democracy, a founder of the investigative magazine Proceso and three-time winner of the country's National Journalism Award.