VENEZUELAN PAPERS GET NEWSPRINT OFFERS AMID SHORTAGES

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CARACAS: Latin American countries have offered newsprint to Venezuelan dailies struggling to obtain paper because of government currency restrictions, executives said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). “The solidarity that has come from printed press media in the region is really impressive. They are going to send some newsprint,” mainly from Colombia next door, said Miguel Henrique Otero, lead editor at El Nacional, one of Venezuela’s top three dailies. With President Nicolas Maduro’s government facing a deadly wave of protests for over a month, in some measure due to widespread shortages, local media complain they are being hamstrung, or indirectly muzzled. That is because the socialist government tightly controls foreign exchange and dollar operations. Among its many rules: papers mainly have to buy newsprint in hard currency outside the country, but then wait endlessly to get the actual money with which to buy newsprint.

AFP

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