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Ecuadorian newspaper ends print circulation, cites Communications Law as contributing factor

On 27 June 2014, Hoy newspaper announced in a press release its decision to stop producing the paper's print edition, after 32 years of circulation. The daily print edition will be replaced by a digital one starting on 30 June. The current Communications Law, the "permanent advertising boycott", the limitations for journalistic research as well as an "adverse scenario" for the press, were some of the reasons given by the director, Jaime Mantilla, for ending the circulation of the newspaper.

For Mantilla, "the gradual loss of freedoms, the self-censorship imposed by the communications law, the direct and indirect attacks against the independent media, have been creating for over seven years ago a totally adverse scenario for developing a plural, free, independent newspaper, open to different schools of thought." The paper's director admitted to be experiencing difficulties in financing their operations, in addition to other kind of problems such as the cancellation of contracts for the company to print textbooks.

In the press release, the Hoy stated that, with this new digital version they hope to exercise journalism "without the limitations against visual and written media outlets imposed by the Communications Law". The paper also left the door open for a weekly print edition in the future.

See the new digital edition here.

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