Cuba Shortages

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, a man reads a copy of the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, Granma, as a woman walks past, in old Havana. The Cuban government said on Thursday, April 4, 2019, that a newsprint shortage is forcing at least six state-run newspapers to cut back on pages and circulation days in a potent sign of the cash shortage confronting the island. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press

HAVANA — The Cuban government says a newsprint shortage is forcing at least six state-run newspapers to cut back on pages and circulation days in a potent sign of the cash shortage confronting the island.

The newspaper Granma said in Thursday editions that the Cuban Communist Party organ and several other papers are cutting back from 16 to eight pages on Wednesdays and Fridays. The changes take effect Friday. The newspaper of the Communist Youth League, Juventud Rebelde, will stop publishing on Saturdays.

Granma attributed the change to “difficulties in the availability of newsprint in the country,” without providing details. Cuba has imported newsprint from China in recent years and the government has been suffering cash-flow problems forcing cutbacks in a wide range of imported products.

While the government has recently allowed much more fluid access to the internet and mobile data services, most Cubans still receive news from broadcast media and print newspapers.

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