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Cuban journalist and diplomat Manuel Yepe dies

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Cuban journalist and diplomat Manuel Yepe dies

Havana, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Prominent Cuban journalist and diplomat Manuel Yepe Menendez died in Havana on Monday at the age of 86, after several days fighting for his life.
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Yepe was born in 1936 and since 1954 he had have an active participation in the insurrectionary struggle against the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship (1952-1958).

He was a member of the Youth Brigades of the 26th of July Movement (M-26-7) at the University of Havana, and worked in the reproduction and distribution of Fidel Castro’s defense plea as the main defendant for the assaults to the Moncada Barracks, in Santiago de Cuba; and the Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Garrison, in Bayamo.

Between April and July 1958, he edited the clandestine magazine of the M-26-7, called ACCION (Action), which was published in Havana every week and identified itself as the organ of Cuban Youths.

When the Revolution triumphed, he was the deputy provincial coordinator and responsible for propaganda for the M-26-7 in western Matanzas province.

With a degree in Law, Economics Management and Social Sciences, he served as protocol director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was Cuba’s ambassador to Romania, and the general director of Prensa Latina News Agency.

He was also vice president of the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television, director of the Guerrillero newspaper in western Pinar del Rio province, the national director of the TIPS project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and a member of the Secretariat of the Cuban Peace Movement.

Yepe was also a member of the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC).

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