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JUBA - 25 May 2018

Newspaper prices increase in South Sudan

Editors and publishers in South Sudan are complaining of higher printing costs of their papers, which in turn is forcing some papers to increase their sale prices.

On Thursday, newspapers in Juba started to raise the price per newspaper to 100 SSP from 60 SSP.

Editors cited the increase in the price of printing, which they find difficult to afford and that low distribution as the number of buyers are decreasing owing to the deteriorating economy is also facing the newspapers in the capital.

Atem Simon, a South Sudanese journalist based in Juba, said the falling value of the local currency against the dollar is threatening the newspapers with closure.

He explained that the current economic crisis and low distribution of papers is also affecting the newspapers.