This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
TWO Jewish newspapers are seeking liquidation, citing financial losses as a result of coronavirus.
Staff at The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News, which merged in February in a deal that was yet to be finalised, found out, at the start of the Passover festival today, that jobs at both titles will be lost.
Jo Stevens, recently appointed shadow secretary of digital, culture, sport and media by new Labour leader Keir Starmer, said the possible closure of the paper was “very sad news.”
When contacted by the Star, the National Union of Journalists said it would not be commenting until after Passover finishes next Thursday.
The announcement by the 179-year-old Chronicle came a day after Enders Analysis, a media research company, predicted a long-term blow to British journalism as a result of Covid-19.
The Chronicle was already reporting losses of approximately £1.5 million on its operating costs of about £4.9m in 2018, as well as losses from the previous two years. Reserves of its parent company, the non-profit Kessler Foundation, have been exhausted.
Last June, a seven-figure cash sum was donated by 20 individuals, families and charitable trusts to the paper, which has been highly critical of Labour under former leader Jeremy Corbyn over his life-long solidarity with Palestine.
A month after the cash injection, editor Stephen Pollard wrote in an editorial, referring to the party’s leadership: “We want to see them removed from any significant role in public life.”
In February, the Chronicle agreed to pay “substantial” damages and legal costs to Labour activist Audrey White, from Liverpool, for four articles that it admitted had “untrue” claims of anti-semitism following an investigation by press regulator Ipso.
The Chronicle, established in 1841, is the oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the world.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.