Venezuela.-This Tuesday, the Venezuelan newspaper Panorama published its last printed edition after 104 years of circulation, being suffocated by the lack of paper, a fate that has run almost all the local print media in the midst of the political and economic crisis.
«Despite so much effort, today, with a wrinkled heart, we have to present our last printed edition»
«We try to extend the existence of our role. But, despite so much effort, today, with a wrinkled heart, we have to present our latest printed edition, «outlined in his editorial the oldest medium in the state of Zulia.
Of independent line, Panorama was the only printed media that survived in Zulia, region affected for a decade by energy blackouts that increaseded on March 7, further contracting the economy of the once prosperous oil zone.
«Before arriving here we have struggled in the search for currencies for the necessary inputs (all imported: plates, ink and Costosísimo paper). We have also endured the terrible weight of the economic crisis that shakes the country, «he stressed the medium.
The closing of 75% of the businesses of Zulia in the last year, according to figures of the Fedecámaras employer, provoked an abrupt fall of the advertising pattern in the newspaper, which had already limited the number of copies in circulation and will focus on its web version.
We collected for you, in this, our last edition of paper, only 22 of the 35,549 that we print. Each one meant the effort and work of a whole team committed to the information. #Panorama #UltimaEdicionImpresa pic.twitter.com/X32NWHumZx
— Panorama Diary (@diariopanorama) May 14, 2019
«We will have to migrate to digital platforms, reinvent ourselves to continue reporting and overcome the obstacles,» said AFP Deivis Rodríguez, editor of Politics and economics with more than 15 years in the company.
Panorama assures that its finances were also deteriorated by the continuous wage increases enacted by the government of Nicolás Maduro which, in their view, have hardly served as «fuel to inflation» and do not take into account the «capacity of the private company to Face them. »
Since 2013, more than a hundred media closed in Venezuela, among these are 70 newspapers. That year was created the publishing complex Alfredo Maneiro, a state corporation that monopolizes the management of the paper and to which a sector of the press accuses of acting with political bias.
In December 2018 it stopped circulating the printed edition of El Nacional, emblematic newspaper founded in 1943 by the Venezuelan writer Miguel Otero Silva. It also closed-in December of 2016-the impulse, the oldest of Venezuela with 114 years.
Source: MX Informant