OFFICIAL NEWSPAPERS RAISE PRICES

January 6th, 2009
Sale prices for official government newspapers “Azerbaijan” and “Bakinskiy Rabochiy” has been raised to 40 gepiks from 30 gepiks on the first day of the New Year.

Today, 6 January, “Khalg gazeti” and “Respublika” newspapers also raised prices by 10 gepiks.
“Azerbaijan” newspaper Assistant Editor-in-chief Amil Novruzov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that raising prices is associated with high print costs.
“Respublika” newspaper editor-in-chief Teymur Ahmadov also related this to high print costs. According to him, the newspapers are printed colored now and this makes print costs go high. 
“Khalg gazeti” and “Bakinskiy Rabochiy” also stated that prices went up because newspapers are printed colored now.
It is estimated that independent newspapers’ prices will also be raised. “Yeni Musavat” Newspaper Editor-in-chief Rauf Arifoglu told IRFS that the price of the newspaper will be raised in March- April. Arifoglu said that “Yeni Musavat” newspaper, which is sold for 40 gepiks at present, will go on sale for 50 gepiks.
However, “525-ji gazet”, “Ayna” and “Zerkalo”, “Gundalik Baki”, “Bizim Yol”, “Azadlig”, “Sherg” and “Baku Khabar” newspapers stated that they haven’t thought about raising sale prices yet.