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He launched an English-language weekly newspaper, the Haiti Sun, and subsequently became the resident correspondent for The Associated Press, The New York Times, the Time-Life News Service, and London's Daily Telegraph.

In 1963, as a result of his courageous reporting, Diederich was arrested by Papa Doc's murderous "bogeymen", the Tontons-Makouts; imprisoned and ultimately expelled from the country.

In exile in the Dominican Republic, he quickly made the transition from weekly newspaper publisher to staff foreign correspondent for the Time-Life News service, reporting, among other headline stories, the assassination of dictator Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic and the 1965 civil war and U.S. military intervention in that country. In 1966 Diederich was appointed chief of TIME Magazine's Mexico City bureau. His wide-ranging "beat" covered not only Mexico but also Central America, Panama, Colombia, Surinam, and the Caribbean

He came to understand well the totalitarian darkness that overshadowed much of the region. His close encounters with dictators and death contributed to Diederich's biographies of Papa Doc of Haiti, Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, and Anastasio (Tachito) Somoza of Nicaragua. Both man and nature provided an abundance of news, with coups, revolutions, earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. more

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