I recently read that the Swedish State gives out subsidies to several newspapers in Sweden. I have to say that this is not something I can agree with. Maybe its my classic liberal stance but the media and the government should be very seperate entities.
Can you really expect to read an unbiassed newspaper if its given financial support by the government? Its bad enough that most papers are backed by Publishers that have their own political agendas but the State?
I also heard recently that a new Welsh language newspaper which was due to be launched has been scrapped because the Welsh Assembly wouldnt give it a grant. I personally think the Welsh Assembly is a waste of space but I do support them here. A newspaper should never ever be given subsidies. If it cannot survive via advertising and circulation then it is obviously not wanted.
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