O Ultramar

The first printing press landed in Goa on 6 September 1556, much before it came to other parts of India and Asia, and the first newspaper – O Chronista Constitutional de Goa in Portuguese, was started by the Government in 1835 and suspended in 1837.

On 6 April 1859, Bernardo Francisco da Costa (who was a member of the Portuguese Parliament from 1853 to 1869) started Goa’s first privately published newspaper “O Ultramar”. It was a weekly that was printed at his own printing press in his house in Comba, Margão. The newspaper was forced to shut down in 1942 due to the strict censorship imposed by the then Portuguese dictator, Salazar.