Venezuelan Newsprint Shortage Halts Paper

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A pro-government newspaper from Hugo Chavez's home state is the latest Venezuelan broadsheet to halt its presses as a shortage of newsprint has the government scrambling to guarantee supplies.

Barinas-based newspaper De Frente on Monday informed readers it had run out of newsprint and stopped printing for a few days. The paper returned to newsstands Thursday, but its publisher says it only has enough inventories to print for another week.

It's the fifth regional newspaper to stop printing since July as 50 percent inflation and restrictions on dollar purchases to stave off devaluation make it difficult to import paper and other basic supplies. Even better-financed national publications have had to reduce page count and number of copies sold.

De Frente has a daily circulation of about 5,000 copies.

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