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El Universal

The history of El Universal is related with the political history of Mexico. It was founded in 1916 to echo the tenets of the Mexican Revolution in the time when the Constituent Congress was called to establish the Magna Carta in 1917. His founder, Félix Fulgencio Palavicini - an engineer from the State of Tabasco, Mexico, resigned as the manager of the media to dedicate himself fully to the political career. That is how in 1923 Miguel Lanz Duret became the Director of the media; his family until today participates in the management of El Universal.

During Enrique Peña Nieto's term, El Universal was known for having a conservative and pro-government editorial policy. A report from Fundar - center for analysis and investigation from Mexico - showed that this is one of the media that get most government advertising contracts: in 2016, it received 240 millions of Mexican pesos. In July 2017, six columnists resigned their publishing space because El Universal was against the establishment of the National Anticorruption System.

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The family Ealy Ortiz is the main owner of this media in its printed and online version. Francisco Ealy Ortiz (the father) is the Executive President of the General Committee of El Universal. It is publicly unknown if some other people have ownership shares in the media. 

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Félix Fulgencio Palavicini - Federal Representative (1912-1914) who participated in the making of the current Mexican Constitution. He served also as a Secretary for Public Education (1914-1916) and a Representative at the Constituent Congress (1916-1917). He was Ambassador of Mexico in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Argentina (1920-1942). Also considered as sympathizer of Francisco I. Madero who served as Mexican President from 1911 until his murder in 1913.

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Juan Francisco Ealy Lanz Duret - His father was the Executive President of the media for 30 years and today Juan Francisco is the General Director of El Universal.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

David Guadalupe Aponte Hurtazo - He is married with the former Departement Head of the International Press Release for José Antonio Meade when the latter was Secretary of Social Development and Finance in Mexico (2016-2017). José Antonio Meade was the presidential candidate for PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) for the presidential period 2018-2024.

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Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz - He was the General Director of El Universal since 1969; currently he is the Executive President and the President of the Administrative Council of the media. He was member of the Board of Directors of the Inter American Press Association (2002-2005). In 2003 he was appointed as President of the Council for Citizen Participation at the Attorney General's Office (2003-2005). His son Juan Francisco Ealy Lanz Duret is the current General Director of El Universal.


Address: Bucareli 8, Colonia Centro, C.P. 06040, México D.F.

Telephone: (55) 5709 1313/(55) 5521 0010

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