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Two newspapers out of business

September 14, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

The new Ethiopian year doesn’t augur well for the private press. The rising printing price has caused the closing of two Amharic weeklies, Harambe and Raji. The printing price has gone up by 23 to 39 percents this past week. This is the second increase in three months time.

Even those papers that might manage to weather the storm have to raise the selling price. While Awra Amba Times has been asked for 5373 Birr more for the print of its fifteen thousand copies, Addis Neger has to pay fifteen thousand Birr more for its thirty thousand copies.

While some choose not to believe it, Berhanaselam printing press insists the rise is only related international market.

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  1. abel
    September 14, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Arefe,
    Here is an interesting take on the Millennium posted in Cybereth.
    http://www.cyberethiopia.com/net/docs/millennium-1.pdf

  2. abel
    September 14, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Happy New Year!

  3. September 15, 2008 at 4:19 am

    @#$%& blaming the international market, it is simply their way of silencing the free press.

  4. Wondu
    September 15, 2008 at 7:04 am

    The Mele’s and Bereket’s are tightening a grip on the media that is not acting their mouthpieces. This is a deliberate system to kick the free press out. They won’t have sleep until they see everyone bows to them.
    I’ve also read in the Amharic Reporter that there will be a next round price increase in January. We should use any medium to fight such dictatorship.

  5. Mizanawi
    September 15, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Arefe,
    To be fair, the increase apply to all the papers.It woulde only be a speculation to say it is targetted at certain papers.

  6. T.N
    September 22, 2008 at 5:44 am

    The amhric saying goes “Hid atbelwe, endiheid adregew.” Don’t tell hm to go, make him go.

  1. September 14, 2008 at 10:37 am

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