Thai English-language daily The Nation to end print edition

May 16, 2019
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Thailand's English newspaper The Nation is displayed in a cafe in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, May 16, 2019. The management of The Nation - founded in 1971 and one of Thailand's two English language dailies _ said that due to falling revenues, the publication of the printed paper edition of the newspaper will cease by the end of June, but it will continue to be published only online. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) — The Nation, one of Thailand’s two English-language dailies, has announced it will stop publishing its print edition by the end of June but will continue with an online version.

The CEO of the Nation Multimedia Group, Somchai Meesaen, said Thursday the newspaper will switch to digital platforms starting July 1 because its profit has declined in the past decade.

The Nation was founded in 1971 largely as a progressive alternative to the English-language market-leading Bangkok Post, which was seen as too conservative as pro-democracy activists were struggling against a military dictatorship.

The Nation for many years was a gadfly to the more established Post, which survives it, and was rarely financially strong, though it launched a companion television channel in 2000.

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