List of Top Newspapers in Belize
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The San Pedro Sun is Ambergris Caye’s oldest newspaper. It has been published continuously since 1991 and serves the community of San Pedro Town located on Ambergris Caye. This newspaper also publishes a “Visitor’s Guide” each week that features tourism interests in San Pedro and Belize. The Visitor’s Guide is inserted inside each issue of the newspaper. The San Pedro Sun continues to inform their readers worldwide of the daily information within the country through their blog www.sanpedrosun.blogspot.com.
The Amandala is a Belizan tabloid newspaper published twice weekly. It is considered as Belize’s largest newspaper. The name “Amandala” is adapted from the Xhosa/Zulu word “amandla”, which means power. The editors added an extra “a” after the “d” and they would often like to say the word means “power to the people”, although the correct term for that is Amandla, Ngawethu”. The Amandala was established in 1969 as a stenciled spreadsheet given out by members and supporters of the United Black Association for Development. After the third issue was published, UBAD officials decided to begin selling the paper for five cents per copy. The newspaper was published on Thursdays and dated and sold on Fridays.
The Guardian is a Belizean newspaper and the official print organ of the United Democratic Party. Before it was published as The Guardian, it began with the Beacon owned by Dean Lindo, which started printing in 1969 and was the main UDP newspaper. The Beacon survived until 1994 but it was slowly eclipsed by the new People’s Pulse. The Pulse was the main newspaper for much of the 1990s but shut down like its predecessor after a UDP election loss in 1998. With the defunct People's Pulse, it was thought that the UDP needed a new image. The Guardian was expected to be part of that new image. The first issue of the newspaper was published in October 1998.
The Ambergris Today has served the community of San Pedro since 1999 with its coverage of local events, exceptional news, creating awareness of social issues and even international events. It has also been a medium for people to express their opinions and a newspaper that entertains and enlightens. As of today, Ambergris Today doesn’t print newspapers anymore, rather they publish news and information online.
The Belize Times began publishing in 1956 under the leadership of George Price and Philip Goldson. The newspaper was presented as The Sunday Times in the 1980s; it resumed printing under the Belize Times moniker in the 1990s. The paper is published once a week and the official organ of the People’s United Party.
The National Perspective was formed in August 2008 and is thought to represent the views of a certain section of the People’s United Party; however, it considers itself independent. The National Perspective is one of Belize’s five national newspapers and the only one not to operate from Belize City.
The Reporter is a weekly tabloid format newspaper and the number one source of news in Belize.