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El Universal (Caracas)

Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Epalisticia S.L.
Founded 1909
Language Spanish / English (digital version only)
Headquarters Caracas, Venezuela
El Universal Building, Caracas

El Universal is a major El Nacional.


  • History 1
  • Political stance and editorial opinion 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


El Universal was founded in April 1909 in Caracas by the Venezuelan poet Andrés Mata and his friend Andrés Vigas, being the oldest of current Venezuelan newspaper.[1]

Political stance and editorial opinion

The newspaper was previously considered to be a pro-opposition newspaper, maintaining an editorial stance that was conservative, business-oriented and critical of the policies of former President Hugo Chávez.[2][3][4][5][6] On the morning of 13 April 2002, when the removal of Hugo Chavez in what later came to be referred to as the 2002 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt appeared a success, the paper headlined ¡Un Paso Adelante! (One Step Forward!).[7][8]

On 5 July 2014, it was announced that after 105 years of ownership, the Mata family had sold a controlling stake in the newspaper to a Spanish investment firm, Epalisticia S.L., a firm that "was created with the purpose of acquiring" El Universal.[9][10][11][12] According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, El Universal "cozied up to Venezuela's socialist government" following the purchase and reported that staff complained about self-censorship and firings occurring.[13]


  1. ^ a b Browning, Mark (2003), "Venezuela", World Press Encyclopedia
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  7. ^ (Spanish) Kaiser, Patricia (2003), "Estrategias discursivas antichavistas de los medios de comunicacion", Revista Venezolana de Economía y Ciencias Sociales 9 (3)
  8. ^ Gottberg, Luis Duno (2004), "Mob outrages: reflections on the media construction of the masses in Venezuela (April 2000–January 2003)", Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 13(1). The front page is reproduced on p120.
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  12. ^ Shadowy sale of Venezuela paper raises fears of slow-building news blackout
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See also

External links

  • Official website (Spanish)
    • English-language version
  • search resultsEl UniversalICON: International Newspaper Database -

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