What Is the History of the Colombian Newspaper Called "El Espectador"?


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"El Espectador" is a Colombian newspaper that was founded and started in Medellin, Colombia, by Fidel Cano Gutierrez. The paper is the oldest newspaper in all of Colombia, and it has been in publication since March 22, 1887.

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The newspaper was originally published in Medellin, but began publication in Bogota in 1915, where it has remained since. The circulation of the newspaper is national, and publication was originally done twice weekly, until a few years later when it would become a daily publication. It remained daily until 2001, when the entire country entered a financial crisis due to many Colombian banks and other financial institutions going under.

The publication would eventually become daily again in May of 2008, and has remained that way since. The motto of the newspaper still remains the same today in 2015 as it did in 1887, which is "El Espectador will work for the good of the country with liberal criteria and for the good of the liberal principles with patriotic criteria."

In the 2000s, once the newspaper regained its daily publication, it changed its focus. Instead of covering breaking news, the paper began publishing mainly opinion articles. "El Espectador" currently uses the slogan, “El Espectador. Opinion is News."

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