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Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Thursday, June 10, 2010


For those who are new to living in Peru or living in Lima, having a limited knowledge of English can make such simple tasks as reading/watching the news rather difficult.  How does a traveler and/or expat find out what is happening in Peru when websites like CNN or MSNBC don't really provide much coverage on the country (unless of course you're recently convicted Joran van der Sloot). 

Well there is a solution to your news deficiency and for almost 100 years it has been known as Andean Air Mail & Peruvian Times.  The Peruvian Times (for short) has been providing both Peruvians as well as the foreign community with an English language newspaper alternative for those who don't Habla Español.  The famous English language newspaper began it's operations back in 1908 under the name of West Coast Leader and covered the unfolding day to day events in Peru.  It wasn't til the 1940's that the West Coast Leader was forced to close up shop and move operations to a new location due to their support of the Allied Movement during the Second World War.  This change prompted publisher C.N. Griffis to change the paper's name to Peruvian Times.

As the years rolled on Peru would see many regime changes and with these changes the Peruvian Times would face harsh opposition from the government for their coverage of controversial events.  Media Silencing being an all to common practice in the days of the Velasco Era, however the Peruvian Times managed to hold firm their journalistic efforts in spite of such adversity and have evolved into the news company they are today.

With the growing popularity and simplicity of today's digital media the Peruvian Times has left behind the traditional news printing methods in favor of the convenience and wide user accessibility of the Internet, thus foreshadowing the need for manual typewriters and linotype machines.  Though the medium has changed, their dedication to gathering and presenting the news remains.

If you are interested in learning more about the Peruvian Times history or you would like to read some of their great news coverage you can check out their website here: http://www.peruviantimes.com

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