El Universal (Caracas)

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

El Universal is a major Venezuelan newspaper, headquartered in Caracas with an average daily circulation of about 150,000.[dubious ][1] The online version carries news, politics, sports, economy and more.

El Universal was founded in April 1909 in Caracas by the Venezuelan poet Andrés Mata and his friend Andrés Vigas.[1] Its main rival is El Nacional.

Widely considered to be a pro-opposition newspaper, El Universal maintains an editorial stance that is conservative and business-oriented, highly 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]

El Universal is part of the Latin American Newspaper Association (Spanish, Periódicos Asociados Latinoamericanos), an organization of leading newspapers in Latin America.

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] 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 censorship, self-censorship and firings occurring.[12]


  1. ^ a b Browning, Mark (2003), "Venezuela", World Press Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "High stakes in Venezuela's municipal elections". BBC News. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Soldiers storm Venezuelan protesters' stronghold". Reuters UK. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rumors over Chavez absence reach frenzy in Venezuela". Reuters. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Maduro vows no let-up in Venezuela business crackdown". Reuters. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Seeing through Transparency International". The Guardian. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  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.
  9. ^ "A new era has begun for El Universal". El Universal. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "In Venezuela's latest media shift, El Universal newspaper sold". Reuters. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "La desconocida empresa española Epalisticia compra el diario venezolano 'El Universal'". El Mundo. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Otis, John. "Venezuela's El Universal criticized for being tamed by mystery new owners". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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