Journalist Raquel Correa, considered to be one of the best interviewers in Chile and the winner of the National Journalism Award in 1991, died after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, her family announced. She was 78.

"She was always a great defender of freedom of expression, of pluralism, even in times when those defenses were not easy," Chilean President Sebastian Piñera said from Australia, where he is on an official visit.

Besides working for Vea magazine, Radio Cooperativa, the La Tercera daily, Canal 13 television and Television Nacional, Correa spent the main part of her career at the daily El Mercurio where she interviewed dozens of personalities.

One of the most noteworthy moments in her career came in April 1988 when Ricardo Lagos, who went on to serve as president from 2000-2006, took advantage of a question from the interviewer to forcefully question - pointing his index finger - dictator Augusto Pinochet through the television screen. EFE