Economic crisis leads to closure of digital, print newspapers in Dominican Republic

After five and four years, respectively, in operation, the electronic daily newspaper Clave Digital and the printed weekly Clave in the Dominican Republic published on Aug. 5 their last editions, reported EFE.

The editor of both publications attributed the closure to economic reasons and the financial crisis. “It was a business decision," explained Fausto Rosario Adames, quoted by El Nacional.

However, Rosario Adames also denounced, to the Dominican president, an attack wherein a doctor was killed, saying that in fact he had been the target, according to El Nuevo Herald.

The incident has prompted the local press to speculate on the attack's impact on the decision to close the two publications, which were born as an initiative by journalists who wanted to exercise independent journalism outside the mainstream. According to Diario Digital, besides the financial troubles, the editorial line of the publications had bothered authorities and police, so that the closure also is a result of pressures to silence Clave Digital.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.