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March 17, 1985

The Rand Daily Mail, South Africa's leading opposition newspaper and a longtime critic of apartheid, will cease publication April 30, its owners announced. A statement by South African Associated Newspapers said the English-language Johannesburg daily lost $7.5 million in 1984 and nearly $23 million in the last 10 years. Founded in 1902, the Rand Daily Mail won international acclaim in the 1960s with attacks on racial segregation. It is considered the voice of white liberalism, although blacks make up almost two-thirds of its 116,000 circulation.

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