Venezuela newspapers face problems
September 9 , 2013
Five newspapers in Venezuela have shut down because the country has run out of paper. Over half of the local newspapers are expected to shut down in the coming weeks if the issue is not solved.
An editor of a newspaper who has around 30 days of paper left said "we're going to see a blackout of the local press."
This is happening since the currency controls have made it harder for the country to be able to obtain the US dollars that are required to import more stock.
Venezuela needs a document from the government stating that there is no availability of paper. However, the government is refusing to help the editors in this matter.
Many are now becoming suspicious of the intentions of the government.
"It's a means of silencing the political opposition," president of the National College of Journalists said. "It's very sad."