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Reforma

Reforma

Reforma is a Mexican newspaper based in Mexico City. It has 276,700 readers in Mexico City. The paper shares content with other papers in parent newsgroup Grupo Reforma. The cumulative readership of the newsgroup is above 400,000. Reforma is named after the Mexico City avenue of the same name, Paseo de la Reforma.

The newspaper emphasizes its design, variety of columnists, and editorials that denounce political corruption. Reforma, along with the other newspapers of its parent, have an interest in color printing.

The paper features weekly translations from selected articles of local interest from United States newspapers. These include The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The Sunday edition of Reforma includes a supplemental magazine, titled Top Magazzine, which covers celebrity gossip, Hollywood previews and interviews.

History

Reforma was founded in 1993, as an offshoot of El Norte, the noted Monterrey-based daily. Reforma was the first newsgroup in Mexico to separate its commercial division from its journalism division. This allowed for a greater independence in journalism, and helps the journalist avoid the temptation of writing favorable notes on sponsors.

When it was founded, on November 20, the newspaper pressured unionized newsstands to sell the paper on that day. Since November 20 is the Mexican Revolution day (a resting holiday in México,) the unions refused, and so Reforma had to be sold on the streets by journalists and celebrities, as a protest on what they considered "a boycott".

Reforma changed the traditional distribution of newspapers because of its independence from the unionized newsstands and printed media resellers. It also was innovative because of the inclusion of people of all political opinions in its editorial pages.

Bias Accusations

The newspaper is, as the other publications of the editorial group, non-partisan, with a clear writing style which favors neutral points of view, and publishing opinions from journalists of all political positions (such as Miguel Ángel Granados Chapa from the left, and Sergio Sarmiento from the right). The newspaper has many fail-safes in place to prevent a partisan point of view in any case.

Despite its independent editorial style, Reforma has been labeled as a right-wing newspaper in references by The Guardian, Clarin, San Antonio Express-News, UM school of communication, and the The Princeton Progressive Nation. Former candidate, Andres Manuel López Obrador has also accused the paper of this bias, and even denounced the paper of being a "press bulletin for the PAN". However, the paper itself has columnists who openly support Andrés Manuel López Obrador, such as Guadalupe Loaeza, Lorenzo Meyer, and Miguel Angel Granados Chapa.

Controversy

In 2006, when Reforma planned to advertise the licitation of the third Mexican TV network. TV Azteca launched a campaign against the newspaper exposing the battle within the Junco family for the control of the newspaper's interests as an effort to coerce the newspaper into not publishing the licitation.

Notable columnists

Affiliations

Reforma is part of the Grupo Reforma. Grupo Reforma is a collection of Mexican media outlets. Within Grupo Reforma, Reforma is an offshoot of El Norte.

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