Diario La República
This is one of the newspapers in circulation around the nation of the highest prestige. Its editorial line is center-left wing. On Sundays it comes the Supplemento Domingo (Sunday Supplement), which publishes features. During Alberto Fujimori’s dictatorship, it was one of the bastions of the opposition. On April 5th 1992, the day of the autocoup, the newspaper was taken by the armed forces to censor its content. The next day, La República was released with blank pages in protest. The company’s Investigation Unit continued publishing various investigations concerning corruption and Human Rights violations that unravelled in that period. This made the government counterattack with a smear campaign against Gustavo Mohme Llona in the tabloid press funded by the regime. La República has to this day maintained a critical position on the Fujimori regime. In 2011 it supported Ollanta Humala’s candidacy, considering that his contender was Alberto Fujimori’s daughter. That same year, the newspaper changed to a Berlin-format. It gives considerable importance to the opinion section. With the appearance of political newspapers being more economic, La República has lost sales. It has regional editions that are printed in Lima (center), Chiclayo (north), Iquitos (east) and Arequipa (south). One of its main assets is to have Mario Vargas Llosa’s fortnightly columns. It has an average circulation of 40 thousand daily newspapers sold nationally
Media Companies / Groups
Grupo La República
Group / Individual Owner
Helena Ramona Seminario de Mohme
Ramona Seminario is Gustavo Mohme Llona’s widow. Shareholder of the companies of Grupo La República. Mother of the six Mohme Seminario brothers.
María Eugenia Mohme Seminario
Maria Eugenia Mohme Seminario is chairman of the board of directors and corporate commercial manager at Grupo La República Publicaciones and member of the board of directors at América Televisión and Canal N. She is also vice president of the “Consejo de la Prensa Peruana “Peruvian Press Council).” for the period 2016-2018. She was in charge of the restructuring of the company's operations. She is a civil engineer and holds an MBA from Centrum and led a Management Program for CEOs at Northwester University in the United States. She is manager of Inversiones Mohme S.A. and was manager at M & M Desarrollo Inmobiliario S.A. She is a minority shareholder of all the family businesses, holding the same percentage as her siblings. She owns 3.5% of the real estate company Hetir S.A. She was director of the real estate company Proyec Sa W&M Contratistas Generales S.A. and W & M Contrat Gnrales S.A. Cefoisa Asoc. She has also worked for her father’s company Woodman & Mohme.
Gustavo Mohme Llona (1930-2000), Guillermo Thorndike, Roberto Carrion Pollitt, Carlos Maraví Gutarra y Aurelio Loret de Mola
Affiliated Interests Founder
Gustavo Mohme Llona (1930-2000) was founder and director of the newspaper “La República”. Businessman, politician and journalist. He was a civil engineer by profession. In 1955, he founded the construction company "Woodman & Mohme" along with Arturo Woodman Pollit. This company lasted 25 years and built important structures in the north of the country. He was a member of the center party “Acción Popular (Popular Action)” Due to some discrepancies with the president Fernando Belaunde Terry, he founded the division “Acción Popular Socialista (Socialist Popular Action)” in 1967. In 1982 he founded the left-wing newspaper “La República” and, two years later, the tabloid “El Popular.” In 1985 and 1990 he was elected Senator for “Izquierda Unida (Left United).” His work was interrupted by the military coup in 1992, but in 1995 he returned to Congress with Javier Perez de Cuellar’s party, who was the former secretary-general of the United Nations. During this period he was a strong opponent to Alberto Fujimori’s dictatorship both in Congress and in the management of the newspaper. In the final years of the Fujimori regime, he suffered slanderous attacks through the tabloid newspapers, which were funded by the dictatorship. He died in 2000 when he had been reelected congressman. The press room in the Peruvian Congress bears his name, in recognition of his work. He had other companies: Empresa Latinoamericana de Transporte S.A.C. (transport of heavy loads), Centro Laser Angamos S.A. (cosmetics), W & M Contrat Gnrales SA Cefoisa Asoc (building construction) and Importadora y exportadora Angamos S.A. (Wholesale of household goods).
Guillermo Thorndike was one of the most important Peruvian journalists of the second half of the 20th century. He founded the newspapers: Ojo, La Crónica Libre, La República, El Popular and Página Libre. He has been involved in the editorial offices of the newspapers Correo, La Crónica, El Nacional, La Razón and the Frecuencia Latina and RBC channels. Before arriving at La República, he worked as director of El Diario de Marka (left-wing) and advised Alfonso Barrantes (Izquierda Unida) for the candidacy to the municipality of Lima. He has written thirty books, among which a few that stand out are: “El año de la barbarie (The year of barbarism)”, “No, mi general (No, my general)”, “La revolución imposible (The impossible revolution),” “La batalla de Lima (The battle of Lima),” “Banchero, los adolescentes y alucinantes años 60 de Chimbote (Banchero, the teenagers and the amazing 60's in Chimbote),” “Grau. 1878 crimen perfecto (Grau. The perfect crime in 1878),” “El rey de los tabloides (The King of the tabloids),” “Grau. La República caníbal (Grau. Cannibal of the Republic),” “Grau. La traición y los héroes (Grau. Betrayal and Heroes),” “Grau. Caudillo, la ley (Grau. Leader, the law),” “Grau. Los hijos de los libertadores (Grau. The children of the liberators),” “Ocupación, Testigo. La edad de plomo (Occupation, Witness. The Age of Lead),” “Gastronomía (Gastronomy)” and “Los topos: la fuga del MRTA de la prisión de Canto Grande (Spies: The MRTAs Escape from Canto Grande Prison).” He underwent some political directional changes. If he supported the left in the 1980s, in 1990 he used Página Libre as a means to catapult Alberto Fujimori’s candidacy, with support from the outgoing “Aprista” government. At the end of the 90s, he worked for Frecuencia Latina when it was under control of the Winter brothers, and affiliated with the Fujimori regime. He continued in that same line at the newspaper La Razón even when the regime had fallen.
Roberto Carrión Pollitt was an automotive businessman. He was chairman of Banco Popular and Mayor of Lima.
Carlos Maraví Gutarra was an engineer who was involved in journalism. He was one of the first directors. He also founded the magazine “Sí (Yes),” in which important reports against the Fujimori regime were published. He was chairman of the Swiss multinational Electrowatt.
Aurelio Loret de Mola is a lawyer. He was a congressman and defense minister.
Maria Eugenia Mohme Seminario
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Maria Eugenia Mohme Seminario is chairman of the board of directors and corporate commercial manager at Grupo La República Publicaciones and member of the board at América Televisión and Canal N. She is also vice president of the Consejo de la Prensa Peruana (Peruvian Press Council) for the period 2016-2018. She was in charge of the restructuring of the company's operations. She is a civil engineer and has an MBA from Centrum and led a Management Program for CEOs at Northwester University in the United States. She is manager of Inversiones Mohme S.A. and was manager at M & M Desarrollo Inmobiliario S.A. She is a minority shareholder of all the family businesses, holding the same percentage as her siblings. She owns 3.5% of the real estate company Hetir S.A. She was director of the real estate company Proyec Sa W&M Contratistas Generales S.A. and W & M Contrat Gnrales S.A. Cefoisa Asoc. She has also worked for her father’s company Woodman & Mohme.
Gustavo Mohme Seminario
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Gustavo Mohme Seminario is the eldest son and principal heir of the founder of the “La República” newspaper, Gustavo Mohme Llona. He has been the visible face and director of this newspaper since his father died, he is also majority shareholder of all the companies in the group. Chairman of the board of Grupo La República S.A. He is an engineer by profession, and a journalist and businessman by trade. Before leading the newspaper “La República,” he was general manager of the group. He was president of the “Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (Inter-American Press Association)” (IAPA) for the period 2014-2015 and is currently vice president of the SIP Executive Committee. He was a member of the board and of the “Consejo Consultivo Editorial (Editorial Advisory Council)” of América Televisión. In the Power Survey, he is considered the eighth most influential journalist in the country. Ideologically, he is center-left. In the 2011 election, under his leadership, the newspaper “La República” supported the candidacy of Ollanta Humala. And during his rule, he also supported some of the measures. In other businesses, Mohme Seminario is a shareholder and agent of Gmovil, a company that belongs to the “La República” group that is dedicated to electronic money, and the family-owned real estate company Hetir SAC, which acquired M&M Desarrollo Inmobiliario S.A.
Other Important People
José Samanez Acebo, Carlos Castro Cruzado, Mirko Lauer, Augusto Álvarez Rodrich, Humberto Campodónico, Juan de la Puente, Angel Páez
Affiliated Interests other important people
Has been manager of the companies of “Grupo La República” for a long time. He is a trusted man of the Mohme Seminario family. He is general manager of Grupo La República S.A. and La República Internacional.
Deputy director of the newspaper “La República”. He is, in essence, the one in charge of managing the newspaper.
Member of the editorial committee. Columnist of the newspaper “La República”, PhD in Peruvian and Latin American Literature. Peruvian writer, poet and essayist. He is one of the eight journalists who reported “El Comercio” for violating freedom of expression laws following the commercial operation that ended with the purchase of a large number of shares of Epensa (now Prensmart) in 2013. He was a political opponent of Alberto Fujimori’s government in “La República” and was a victim in the process due to his communications being intercepted by the deactivated “Servicio de Inteligencia Nacional (National Intelligence Service)” (SIN). Seventh in the latest Power Survey of the most influential journalists in printed media. Member of the Board of Directors at the “Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (Institute of Press and Society)” (IPYS). Friend of former President Alan García.
Member of the editorial committee. Economist and journalist. Information manager at Latina TV. Columnist at “La República”. Chairman of the Board of Directors at the “Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (Institute of Press and Society)” (IPYS). The latest Power Survey in Perú places him as the third most powerful journalist in television and printed media. Former director of Perú21 and former ATV presenter. He is one of the eight journalists who reported “El Comercio” for violating freedom of expression laws following the commercial operation that ended with the purchase of a large number of shares of Epensa (now Prensmart) in 2013. He worked at Grupo Apoyo between 1980 and 2000. He was vice president of Osiptel, vice president of the commission for market access and exit of Indecopi and director of Interbank.
Member of the editorial committee. An industrial engineer who specialized in economics, former chairman of PetroPerú, a specialist in hydrocarbons, a columnist for “La República”, former dean of the “Facultad de Economía de San Marcos Economics department of San Marcos”, former member of the economic team for the candidate Verónika Mendoza.
member of the editorial committee. Lawyer and journalist, Director of the editorial fund at the Universidad San Martín de Porres, columnist for “La República”.
member of the editorial committee Head of the Research Unit. Specialized in covering military sources, drug trafficking and corruption.
Member of the board of directors at Grupo La República S.A. Businessman and left-wing politician. He was President of the Council of Ministers during Ollanta Humala’s administration. He has donated to the campaigns of Ollanta Humala and Susana Villarán. His political organization is called “Ciudadanos por el Cambio (Citizens for Change)”.
Jr. Camaná 320, Cercado de Lima
Página web: www.larepublica.pe
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Sources Media Profile
CAVANAGH, Jonathan. Perú: The Top 10,000 Companies 2016. Publicado por: Top Publications S.A.C.
VIVAS Sabroso, Fernando. En vivo y en directo (2008). Fondo Editorial de la Universidad de Lima. 2da edición.
Historia de Gustavo Mohme Llona
Biografía de Gustavo Mohme Llona
Recuerdo de Gustavo Mohme Llona
Discurso de Gustavo Mohme Seminario al asumir presidencia de SIP
Linkedin de Maria Eugenia Mohme Seminario
Historia de los diarios peruanos en internet
Reporte económico de El Comercio ante la SMV. Puesto de Maria Eugenia Mohme en el América
Optimización de La República S.A.
Recuento de la vida de Guillermo Thorndike
Fallece Roberto Carrión Pollitt
Fallece Carlos Maraví Gutarra