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Journalist Julio Scherer, who challenged Mexico's powerful, dies

FILE - In this April 3, 2002 file photo, Mexican journalist Julio Scherer Garcia speaks after being awarded the New Journalism Award in Monterrey, Mexico. The newsmagazine Proceso is reporting the death of its founder, Julio Scherer Garcia, one of the most influential Mexican journalists of the past half century. Proceso says Scherer died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, of septic shock following a long illness. He was 88. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

FILE - In this April 3, 2002 file photo, Mexican journalist Julio Scherer Garcia speaks after being awarded the New Journalism Award in Monterrey, Mexico. The newsmagazine Proceso is reporting the death of its founder, Julio Scherer Garcia, one of the most influential Mexican journalists of the past half century. Proceso says Scherer died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, of septic shock following a long illness. He was 88. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)  (The Associated Press)

The newsmagazine Proceso is reporting the death of its founder, Julio Scherer Garcia, one of the most influential Mexican journalists of the past half century.

Proceso says Scherer died Wednesday of septic shock following a long illness. He was 88.

Scherer was famed for challenging authority at a time when much of Mexico's press was suppressed or co-opted by the government.

He headed what was then Mexico's most important daily from 1968 until 1976, when government maneuvering forced him out of the paper, Excelsior.

He went on to found Proceso, which has been Mexico's leading muckraking magazine for decades.