based in San Salvador, El Salvador
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Juan Carlos is a storyteller specializing in documenting social issues and humanitarian crisis in conflict-affected societies as well as covering current international and national events...
A Beacon, Thanks to the Internet
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Some of us were forced into journalism − we had little choice. In 1998, El Salvador was emerging from a long civil war and we were feeling our way forward, with no towering figure to guide us. But we were convinced that the post-war period needed a revitalised press, with a fresh perspective and independent voices. The country deserved a new journalism, and we provided it.
El Faro (link is external) [The Beacon] was started in May 1998, with absolutely no funding. That’s why we launched it on the internet, at a time when barely two per cent to five per cent of the Salvadorian population had access to it. Our existence depended on new technologies, because we could never have afforded the expense of running a printed newspaper. Opting for the internet turned out to be a very lucky decision for us, given that at the time, we were a million miles away from imagining the influence the web would have on the future of humanity.