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Cuban journalist Juan Emilio Friguls died
Outstanding Cuban intellectual Juan Emilio Friguls Ferrer, dean of the journalists of the Island, died in Havana at the age of 88. Friguls, as everybody simply called him, the teacher, the loyal colleague, the man of ethics, the extraordinary worker and the unyielding reporter.
His skinny Quixote-like figure, carrying his 84 years of age and walking full speed, maked this true reporter, make him one of the most popular and respected journalist in Cuba. His has also been one of the best known names in national journalism. A colleague remarked: "hes a good journalist, but better still, hes a good man."

Several years before the 1959 Revolution, he began his career in Informacion newspaper, but he also penned works in the conservative Diario de la Marina and the more liberal El Mundo. Also, in Union Radio. He even worked in the Public Relations Office of Havanas Archbishop.

Born in Havana, journalism has been his life. Friguls received all the honors a reporter could wish. In fact, he was the most awarded of all: National Vanguard since 1981, Jose Marti National Journalism Prize (1996), Jose A. Fernandez de Castro Cultural Journalism (1999), National Radio Prize (2003), the Replica of the Machete of Maximo Gomez, the Giraldilla of Havana, the Alejo Carpentier Order, the Distinction for National Culture, the Felix Elmuza Medal, the Polish Culture Order...

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