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Coronavirus hammers Asian newspapers

Media companies in Australia, Philippines and Vietnam stop the presses

A lot of Asian news organizations still rely on print editions to bring in the revenue they need to pay reporters, but the coronavirus has made it all but impossible to put newspapers into readers' hands.   © EPA/ Jiji

MANILA -- On March 31, News Corp Australia announced that 60 community newspapers would suspend their print editions on April 9. The reason? The world's biggest news item itself.

"The suspension ... has been forced on us by the rapid decline in advertising revenues following the restrictions placed on real estate auctions and home inspections, the forced closure of event venues and dine-in restaurants in the wake of the coronavirus emergency," News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said in a statement.

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