Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Well, at least the newspaper business is booming in one corner of the world: Libya

Reuters reports on the mini newspaper boom currently going on in Libya. According to a story it posted this weekend, over 200 independent publications have been started in the North African country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

"Customers are buying all the newspapers in front of them, and then deciding what to read," the Reuters report quoted Rajab Al-Waheishi, a newsagent since 1956.

The boom is caused by the lack of a central authority clamping down and overseeing press activities. "It's good because in the past we couldn't print anything without a permit. Now, no one asks us what to print," said Abubaker Hammuda, who runs Al Taleb printing.