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“High cost of printing” shuts down Juba dailies

Author : Obaj Shago | Published: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Some of daily newspapers in Juba have stopped publishing due to high cost of production caused by the economic crisis.

Two daily newspapers say the printing press companies have increased their charges due to the devaluation of the pound.

“The common reason why we stopped printing is not due to the conflict but due to high cost of printing newspaper on a daily basis,” said Eunice Malath, Editor of the Daily Vision English newspaper.

“But for now we are just saying let’s close down and then find out a way that we can get back to the market.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of Board of Directors for “Al-whada” Daily Arabic newspaper says the economic situation has affected their operation.

He says the rate of printing one copy of paper is 13.5 pound, a price the paper can’t afford.

Abraham Malek says they stopped printing the paper to analyze market “but we will resume printing on Friday the next”.

Most of the newspapers are being sold at between 20 to 15 pounds per copy.

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