Salvadoran digital news outlet El Faro turns 25 years old, amid the increasing authoritarianism facing Central American journalism

"El Faro is 25 years old. The road has been intense and full of challenges, which have led us to evolve, to mature our editorial processes and also to find our own voice in journalism. In a quarter of a century, El Faro has become one of the most dynamic and recognized representatives of Latin American journalism. This has only been possible because, despite multiple threats and suffocating financial conditions at multiple times, we practice and have practiced this profession in freedom.


We have always been uncomfortable to power, but the necessary counterweights in any democracy placed limits on the exercise of those powers (political, economic, military), in such a way that we were able to face every challenge without sacrificing our independence or yielding to censorship. It is not that there were no corrupt politicians, criminals or police and military authorities eager to silence us. It is that it was much more difficult for them. The deterioration of democracies in Central America has weakened the conditions for the free exercise of journalism.


Twenty-five years later, we can tell the readers of El Faro that, despite the attacks from those in power, our thoughts and our pen are still free. We continue to investigate that power; and that has allowed us to confirm the widespread corruption and criminal pacts of [President Nayib] Bukele's regime, as we did before with the governments of the FMLN [Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, by its acronym, in Spanish] and Arena [Nationalist Republican Alliance]. We also continue, and will continue, to invest a lot of our efforts in telling how the decisions of the most powerful affect the most vulnerable."

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