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The Huffington Post debuts new site in Spanish based on news from Mexico



The Huffington Post launched its second venture in Latin America on Sept. 1 with the addition of Huffington Post México in Spanish.

Arianna Huffington, founder and current editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, introduced the new site, which joins the 14 other editions outside of the United States, including HuffPost Brazil.

“There’s no better time than now to bring HuffPost to Mexico. At a time when Donald Trump is running on a platform that includes literally putting up a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, while calling Mexicans killers and rapists, it’s more important than ever to open up the conversation between our two countries, build bridges, and counteract this false and dangerous narrative,” Huffington said in the post.

Huffington said the site will “not only report on Mexico’s challenges, but on all the ways Mexicans are responding to them, overcoming great odds, and working toward solutions with creativity, grace and compassion.”

The Huffington Post partnered with Mexican news company Grupo Imagen Multimedia for this new venture. Laura Manzo, former editor of Mexican magazine Quién, is editor-in-chief.

“I’ve always thought that an informed society is a society that makes better decisions. The arrival of this media outlet to Mexico presents the convenience of a media outlet that is free and strengthened at the international level placing attention on what we care about or what we Mexicans should care about, in order to resolve our lives to be better, at the individual level, at the family level, at the social level,” Manzo wrote in a post to readers.

This is the 15th edition of The Huffington Post beyond the United States since the U.S. media outlet first expanded outside of the country in 2011 with HuffPost Canada, according to the release.

It is part of a trend of U.S.-based media outlets establishing editions in Latin America.

Just this year, The New York Times en Español, backed by a team in Mexico City, launched on Feb. 8,  and The Intercept Brasil, which publishes in Portuguese, debuted on Aug. 2.



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