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News rationed as Venezuela seeks to control newsprint imports

The following is a CPJ Blog post by John Otis, CPJ Andes Correspondent:

Venezuelan newspapers have traditionally handed out hundreds of courtesy copies in their lobbies and at hotels. But Correo del Caroní, an independent daily in the industrial city of Ciudad Guayana, treats every edition as if it were precious and now gives away just 14 copies, including one to the owner.

Curtailing freebies is one way Correo del Caroní is adjusting to a critical shortage of newsprint in Venezuela. The newspaper now circulates just five days a week instead of seven and has cut back to just eight pages. Stories, photographs and headlines have all shrunk.

Read the full story on CPJ's site.

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