El Universal can refer to a daily newspaper in Mexico City, Mexico, or to one in Caracas, Venezuela, or Cartagena, Colombia. These publications can be read for free on each paper's website, and all of them are in Spanish.
Although these papers offer free online content to non-subscribers, they also offer subscription services. Both El Universal Mexico City and El Universal Cartagena allow customers to sign up for subscriptions online, while El Universal Caracas customers must call the newspaper to obtain subscriptions.
Founded in 1909, El Universal Caracas is the oldest of the El Universal newspapers in Latin America. Historically, it has maintained a conservative and business-oriented style. However, in 2014, the family that owned El Universal Caracas for 105 years sold a controlling stake of the paper to a Spanish investment firm. The acquisition resulted in staff complaints of censorship, as reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
El Universal Mexico City was founded in 1916 to provide coverage of the end of the Mexican Revolution. As of 2015, El Universal Mexico City is the second-most visited online news site in the country. Its print edition has a circulation of more than 300,000 readers. El Universal also has a mobile version.
The youngest of the papers is El Universal Cartagena, which was founded in 1948. It has a daily circulation of 25,000.