On this International Day of Freedom of Press, Sociologist and historian Luis Ramírez Carrillo, talks about the influence of Diario de Yucatán in the modern history of the state of Yucatán.
On May 31, 1925, Mr. Carlos Menéndez González, founder of Diario de Yucatán, wrote in the first issue of the newspaper that its guiding principles would be “respect for the truth, justice and homeland.”
“Although it would seem a rhetorical statement, typical of the time, Menéndez González and others who later succeeded him in the direction of the newspaper, strictly followed this ideology and editorial line”, says the sociologist and Yucatec historian Luis Ramírez Carrillo.
Posiitoning themselves on the side of truth and justice has been the key to Diario de Yucatán to become the successful company that it is now.
“Today, the publishing industry of Yucatan represents six percent of the Gross Domestic Product of the state and of that percentage, a large part corresponds to Diario de Yucatán and Grupo Megamedia”.
“Although most people point out that print media are in decline and will eventually go extinct. The Diario de Yucatán is about to complete 94 years of uninterrupted print publications”.
“In these times, we are facing a melting pot of criteria, so to speak, where there are no longer any one-sided opinions, because in one single informative “rainbow” we can find several different political colors.”
“And the same thing happens with the means to distribute the information. The whole scheme has changed and the writing coexists with the digital, and the paper with the cell phone.
“Diario de Yucatán faces these challenges like the rest of the media industry around the world and although difficult years are expected, these,” says Ramírez Carrillo, “will not be so many for the newspaper because of the social legitimacy acquired for so many years”…
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