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Journalists learned last week the sad news that Zimbabwean journalist Mark Chavunduka died in hospital. An award-winning former editor for the independent weekly "Standard," Chavanduka gained international recognition for his courage in reporting in the face of brutal attacks by the Zimbabwean government.

In December 1999, he and his chief reporter, Ray Choto, were arrested and brutally tortured after reporting on an alleged coup plot against President Robert Mugabe. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression honoured Chavunduka and Choto with an International Press Freedom Award in 1999.

Although the cause of Chavunduka's death is unknown, the Committee to Protect Journalists notes that he had been in poor health for a long time and had entered hospital because of severe dehydration. He had received treatment for post traumatic stress disorder after his release from prison and often suffered nightmares. He will be missed by many in the free-expression community.

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