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Renowned Brazilian publisher dies

April 30, 2007 at 9:54 PM

SAO PAULO, April 30 (UPI) -- Renowned Brazilian newspaper publisher Octavio Frias de Oliveira -- owner of the country's largest newspaper -- has died at the age of 94.

Frias was the owner of Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, which also published other leading publications. His other assets included a leading statistical polling firm and an Internet portal.

The Folha owner was revered for his newspaper's refusal to yield to the country's former military regime (1964-1985) by continuing to publish commentaries critical of the dictatorship. However, Frias also allowed for supporters of the regime to voice their opinion in Folha's pages.