Corporación La Prensa

La Prensa

Panama City, PanamaFounded in 1980Trust Project news partner since

La Prensa is a multimedia newspaper covering national and international news. Established in 1980 during the military dictatorship, it is committed to strengthening democracy.

La Prensa says it fights corruption and advocates for transparency, accountability and respect of human rights.

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Best Practices Policies

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  • La Prensa mission entails strengthening and defending the democratic system and exceeding the expectations of readers, audience, clients, associates and shareholders.


Here are four key points from Prensa's ethics policy: 
Be representatives of the legitimate interests of citizens and democracy.
Act independently from news sources and power groups, reject pressure and be cautious about flattery.
Respect the dignity of others, especially those affected or involved in a news story. 
Thoroughly investigate and collect as many accounts as necessary to inform with support, accuracy, fairness and responsibility.

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Ownership & Funding

La Prensa has no controlling individual — it says no stock holder has more than 1% — a standard that has allowed the newspaper to maintain its editorial independence for 40 years. As of Dec. 31, 2020, there were 1,628 shareholders, of which 32 owned 31.7% of the outstanding shares.

The main sources of revenue are advertising, subscriptions, newspaper sales and commercial printing.

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Diverse Voices

La Prensa says it recognizes the dignity of people and respects their freedom and privacy. Its policy says it is committed to the following: 

  • Promote a work environment free of harassment or discrimination based on sex, marital status, age, religion, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, political preference or social class.
  • Use objective criteria for making decisions related to hiring, promotions, job opportunities and recognition, trying to offer the same opportunities to all associates, valuing the skills of each one.
  • Condemn harassment of any kind, physical or psychological abuse or forced labor, harassment, improper disciplinary practices.
  • Defend the rights of minority groups and ensure that their opinions are represented in our coverage by making their problems and concerns visible.
  • Without prejudice to the editorial line of the newspaper, space will be provided for different political, economic and social ideologies to have their representation.

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Errors are corrected as soon as they are detected, according to the corrections policy. A history of corrections is published.

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Unnamed Sources

To the extent possible, journalists are expected to prioritize the use of named sources before resorting to anonymous or unnamed sources. The policy states any story with anonymous sources must explain the reason the source has requested anonymity. A source can request to be off the record for security reasons or fear of retaliation. La Prensa is responsible for evaluating the request and when anonymity is granted, duty-bound to protect the source. Information used from an unnamed source always needs verification, according to its policy. 

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