Noticias del Mundo, a Spanish-language daily newspaper opened in Los Angeles five years ago by a conglomerate associated with cult figure Rev. Sun Myung Moon, has laid off one-third of its staff, raising concern among employees that it may close.
The layoffs of 20 people are the result of “very reduced operating subsidies” by News World Communications, a subsidiary of Moon’s Unification Church International, according to a statement in Monday’s edition by New York-based publisher Phillip V. Sanchez. An official in Los Angeles, sales manager Amparo Gonzalez, said there are no plans to close the paper.
The five-day-a-week newspaper, one of three Spanish-language dailies in Los Angeles, combines substantial local coverage with foreign coverage that reflects the conservative politics of Moon’s Unification Church.
The staff of local reporters has been reduced from about half a dozen to two, one of them part-time, officials said.