Venezuelan newspaper workers protest paper shortage


SHOTLIST: CARACAS, VENEZUELA, FEB. 11, 2014, SOURCE: AFPTV -VAR of woman with a protest sign before a lineup of policeman -VAR of journalists taking part in the protest /// --------------------------------------------------------- Venezuelan newspaper workers protest paper shortage =(PICTURE)= CARACAS, Feb 11, 2014 (AFP) - Some 600 people took to the streets of the Venezuelan capital Tuesday to protest a newsprint shortage that has caused the temporary closure of dozens of newspapers. "No paper, no job!" protesters, including newspaper workers and opposition politicians, chanted as they marched to the National Foreign Trade Center, Cencoex, in Caracas. The demonstrators are demanding the government make dollars available to import newsprint in an effort to secure their survival. Tight currency controls enacted in 2003 have led to a shortage of dollars for international purchases. More recently, the government made it even harder to get newsprint and other supplies not produced locally by requiring them to get a special license. The result, especially for small regional newspapers, has been editions with fewer pages, a less frequent publishing schedule, or even no publication at all. "700 jobs are at stake," read one banner held up by an employee of El Nacional, which...

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