In 2000, after Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London, a group of young people created an irreverent and sarcastic newspaper they called The Clinic, referring to the British medical facility where Pinochet was arrested. Combining humor and culture, The Clinic is currently one of the most controversial and most widely commented on communications media. Politicians, writers and intellectuals generally pen its columns.
Ideological and political diversity is expressed in several current events magazines which feature politics, economics, international news, trends and others. These include Qué Pasa, Paula (mainly addressed to women readers) and Ercilla, which has been in circulation since 1933.
There are also miscellaneous publications such as Cosas and Caras, which are published on glossy paper every 15 days, featuring articles on politics, beauty, fashion and especially the latest gossip regarding local and global high society.
The country’s most popular comic book is called Condorito. His adventures have crossed borders and his origin has been traced even to other locations, at the expense of Chilean René Ríos Boettiger’s reputation. He is better known by his nickname Pepo.
Other more specialized options include El Periodista, El Ciudadano and El Guardián de la Salud, as well as political newspapers El Siglo and Punto Final. The country’s wide range of magazines is characterized by diversity and includes everything from magazines for adventure sports enthusiasts to fashion, newlyweds, teenagers, television, arquitecture and sexual minorities.