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Media in Peru

The government of Peru officially recognizes free mass media. Unfortuately, from 1968 until the rule of Alberto Fujimori during the 1990s, the country saw little media independence. Ironically, it was the media that brought the Fujimori scandal to light. The government continues to exert power over media outlets by purchasing advertising that promotes pro-government views, but there is much more freedom of expression attained by journalists in the press today.

Privately owned and operated broadcasting and newspaper companies control the media scene in Peru. State-run stations have a home on the air and TV waves, but are not popular.

The leading Lima daily newspapers are El Comercio, Ojo, and Expreso, distributed throughout the nation.


El Comercio: Peru's leading national newspaper. It comes with many supplements and a large classified section-this is the place to look for property and employment advertisements.

El Peruano: The official government newspaper.

Expreso: A conservative newspaper and one of the oldest in the country.

La Republica: La Republica is a left-leaning daily.

Gestion: A business-focused publication.

Ojo: One of the sensationalist newspapers featuring grisly murders, scantily-clad women and celebrity news, as well as more traditional national and international news.

The Andean Air Mail & Peruvian Times: One of South America's oldest English-language publications, it is now available online only.


Cable TV is widely available and you will find several international, English-language channels. Local channels include Frecuencia Latina (, América TV ( and Panamericana Televisión S.A (


Caretas: Published weekly, the country's most widely-read magazine covers current affairs, political debate and culture.

Cosas: Looks at entertainment, celebrity, sports and politics.

Rumbos (no website). Focuses on Peruvian culture and provides useful information on cultural events.

Semana Economíca (no website). A weekly study of national and international business news.

You can also find some English-language magazines, often in English-language bookstores; they're expensive however.

Radio Stations

Popular radio stations include Radioprogramas del Peru (RPP -89.7) and Cadena Peruana de Noticias (C.P.N - 90.5). There is an assortment of news, music, and talk radio stations in Spanish as well as a few in English.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Peru: Safety, Literature In Peru, Studying Quechua in Peru, History of Lima, The Economy of Peru, Lima Highlights, Living in Peru, Etiquette in Peru, Gay Arequipa and Responsible Tourism in Peru.

07 Jun 2012

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