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Newspapers axed

The Chartered Institute of Journalists has expressed “shock and disappointment” at the decision in March to cease production of the print editions of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, and the subsequent closure of the short-lived New Day newspaper. CIoJ Chief Executive Dominic Cooper said: “The Independent has been a great champion of non-partisan journalism for 30 years and its move to an online-only publication is extremely disappointing for everyone, not least those journalists – staff and freelance – who are directly affected by the ending of the print edition. Just as shocking is the closure, after barely two months, of the New Day newspaper, which lasted from the end of February to the beginning of May. Both the Independent and New Day were non politically aligned and that is something the CIoJ applauds. The Institute has great concerns for press plurality in Britain after the loss of these newspapers.”