El Mercurio is a
conservative Chilean newspaper
with editions in Valparaíso and Santiago.
- For the Ecuadorian newspaper, see El Mercurio .
Santiago edition is considered the country's paper-of-record
and its Valparaíso
edition is the oldest daily in the Spanish language
currently in circulation.
is owned by El Mercurio S.A.P. (Sociedad
, "joint stock news company"), which
operates a network of 19 regional dailies and 32 radio stations
across the country. (See List of newspapers in
Valparaíso edition of El Mercurio was founded by
Pedro Félix Vicuña
Mackenna's father) on September 12
1827, and was later acquired by Agustín Edwards Ross in
The Santiago edition was founded by Agustín Edwards Mac Clure
son of Edwards Ross, on June 1 1900
. In 1942 Edwards Mac Clure died and his son
Agustín Edwards Budge
took over as president. When Edwards Budge died in 1956, his son,
, took control of the company.
has been criticized for having received funds
from the CIA
in the early 1970s to undermine the
Socialist government of Salvador
through continuous anti-Allende propaganda and for
"setting the stage for the military coup of 11 September
, a fact the newspaper has always denied in spite of
declassified documents which detail US interventions.