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Afghanistan - Newspaper editor, symbol of democratic resistance, dies in Kabul

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn that the Afghan journalist and intellectual Mohammad Qasim Akhgar, founder of the prestigious 8 sobh (8 a.m.) daily newspaper and winner of the 2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom prize, died aged 62 yesterday after a long illness. A staunch defender of democracy, justice and free speech, he was a symbol of democratic resistance first to the Soviet occupation and then to the Taliban's Islamic fundamentalism and obscurantism. (...)

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