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A Government minister is urging the public to "buy a newspaper" to support local and national media facing "significant financial pressure" because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick made his plea as he highlighted how regional papers continue to keep communities informed during the unprecedented crisis.

Speaking at a Downing Street briefing, Mr Jenrick said: "Regional journalists are doing so much to keep people informed on how the national effort is being communicated in our own communities.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick at a government coronavirus briefing. Pic: Pippa Fowles/No 10 Downing Street
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick at a government coronavirus briefing. Pic: Pippa Fowles/No 10 Downing Street

"A free country needs a free press and the national, the regional and the local newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure.

"I would like to echo the words of the Culture Secretary recently in encouraging everyone who can to buy a newspaper."

With a reduction in advertising in both print and online significantly decreasing revenue, many media companies across the UK have been forced to furlough staff.

Iliffe Media, publisher of the Lynn News, has continued to print its titles, bringing readers across the county in-depth news, views and analysis of how coronavirus is affecting West Norfolk.

Our journalists have gone into the heart of the county's communities.

Last week, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said in The Times: “Newspapers are at heart of the British media and essential to its vibrant mix.

“People across the country are rising to the coronavirus challenge and I suggest we all add one small thing to our to-do list: buy a paper."

Mr Jenrick's comments came as the Lynn News launches an app offering readers up to 20 per cent off their weekly newspaper.

Subscribers will also gain free access to a newly developed app – allowing readers to enjoy every KM newspaper in digital format.

The app also brings you breaking news seven days a week, alongside exclusive content you won’t find on our websites.



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