September 11, 2014 Last Updated 7:20 am

El Impulso, Venezuela’s oldest paper, forced to stop publishing due to printing shortages

The Venezuelan newspaper El Impulso will stop publishing its print edition beginning on Monday due to severe shortages. The newspaper is the oldest paper in the country, launched 110 years ago.

Impulso-smThe paper blamed its fate on shortages of paper and ink, brought on by the economic crisis in the country. Private companies are finding it difficult to buy supplies because of the strict currency controls imposed by the government.

Los obstáculos que hemos afrontado para el suministro del papel, cuyas reservas se nos agotan, representan apenas un eslabón en una pesada cadena de adversidades inherentes a la grave situación económica del país, al heroísmo que supone sostener, en esta hora plagada de incertidumbres, una empresa privada en Venezuela, y, particularmente, un medio de comunicación social independiente.

“At least nine Venezuelan regional newspapers have stopped circulation because of the shortages, according to journalism watchdog Public Space,” the AP reported.

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