Known as one of Mexico’s most influential journalists for his challenging authority, Procesonews magazine founder, Julio Scherer Garcia, died January 7 of septic shock, although he had been ill for the past two years. He was 88.
Born in 1926, Scherer Garcia graduated in Law and Philosophy at Universidad Autónoma de México, UNAM. He began working as a copy editor at 18, where he spent 24 years working his way to Editor-in-Chief in 1968.
He spent 1968 to 1976 as director of the newspaper Excelsior before being forced out by a maneuvering government. He found the weekly news magazine Porceso that same year. During his career he also published more than 22 books and conducted major interviews including one with Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) leader.
Alvaro Delgado of Proceso wrote, “Scherer was – is – the most complete journalist of the 20th century, rooted in his independence from any power,”
Scherer was honored with numerous awards during his career including the Manuel Buendía award in 1986, the Award for New Journalism (Premio Nuevo Periodismo), from Gabriel García Márquez’s foundation, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano in 2002, the National Award for Journalism (Premio Nacional de Periodismo) in 2003, and was named journalist of the year by the US’s Atlas Word Press Review.
One of Scherer’s most representative and celebrated quotes was: “If the devil offered an interview, I would go to hell to see him.”