Mauritania: Three weeks without printing newspapers due to paper shortage

Mauritania: Three weeks without printing newspapers due to paper shortage

Newspapers in Mauritania have been operating without print editions for three weeks, due to a financial crisis at the government’s only official printing press.
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Newspapers in Mauritania have been operating without print editions for three weeks, due to a financial crisis at the government’s only official printing press.

The National Printing Press, owned by the government, announced on December 20 that it will stop printing independent newspapers editions do to shortage in papers and will print only two official newspapers.

Later the reported lack of funds hit both official and independent newspapers, including the Horizon and Al Shaab, the oldest newspaper in the country which dates back to early sixties.

The print industry in Mauritania has suffered from the adoption of digital media, which has contributed to the financial straits that left some worker pay delayed in recent months. Yet a law passed almost a year ago prevents private news outlets from raising money through subscriptions or advertisements, a move widely seen as a deliberate attack on a free press.

Source: Reports

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