Let­ter from the ed­i­tor

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The val­ues that have in­spired the

Ob­server dur­ing its 227-year his­tory have rarely seemed as vi­tal as they are to­day. We are en­ter­ing a year that will be dom­i­nated at home by our di­vi­sive and un­re­solved de­bate about Brexit, and abroad by ag­gres­sive na­tion­al­ism and rightwing pop­ulism, and by the loom­ing threat of trade wars.

So a Sun­day news­pa­per that cham­pi­ons in­ter­na­tion­al­ism, pro­gres­sive lib­eral poli­cies and civilised dis­course is vi­tal to our na­tional con­ver­sa­tion: a pa­per that is com­mit­ted to re­main­ing at the heart of Europe; that cel­e­brates di­ver­sity and so­cial progress; that chal­lenges hos­tile rhetoric and ac­tions aimed at im­mi­grants and refugees; and that de­fends the achieve­ments of the wel­fare state and the NHS.

And one that is com­mit­ted to the very best writ­ing about the arts and lit­er­a­ture, as well as first-rate and com­pre­hen­sive sports re­port­ing and en­gag­ing life­style cov­er­age. Not to men­tion our award-win­ning

Ob­server Food Monthly mag­a­zine. The Ob­server is the place to find the finest Sun­day writ­ing. From An­drew Rawns­ley to Eva Wise­man, Jay Rayner to Rachel Cooke, Ke­nan Ma­lik to Daniel Tay­lor, Laura Cum­ming to Nick Co­hen, Mariella Frostrup to Tim Adams, David Mitchell to Rowan Moore, Ca­role Cad­wal­ladr to Robin McKie, Mark Ker­mode to Nigel Slater and many, many more, the pa­per pro­vides the most rig­or­ous, per­cep­tive and in­sight­ful re­porters and com­men­ta­tors.

Qual­ity jour­nal­ism – such as our award-win­ning in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica scan­dal – comes at a price. We have been sus­tained by the sup­port of read­ers who buy the pa­per, at­tend our events, make fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions through the Guardian web­site. As part of the in­de­pen­dent Guardian Me­dia Group, we have no wealthy pro­pri­etor or share­hold­ers to fall back on.

But con­di­tions are very tough for news or­gan­i­sa­tions. Costs such as newsprint are ris­ing, com­pe­ti­tion is fierce, sources of news, how­ever un­re­li­able, are pro­lif­er­at­ing. And we have to make sure our busi­ness re­mains vi­able in the long term.

So, from next week, the price of the Ob­server will in­crease to £3.20. There will be no change to our sub­scrip­tion prices, so buy­ing the pa­per in this way will con­tinue to of­fer

Ob­server read­ers the best value for money, as well as boost­ing your lo­cal re­tailer. If you don’t al­ready sub­scribe you can do so by vis­it­ing the­guardian.com/subscriptions or by call­ing 0330 333 6767.

The Ob­server has not in­creased its price for al­most three years, and only does so now from ne­ces­sity, aware of the dif­fi­cul­ties this may present to some read­ers. But we believe we pro­vide ex­cel­lent value for money – and that our voice must be heard louder than ever in de­fence of the val­ues we rep­re­sent.

Thank you again for your sup­port.

Paul Web­ster Ed­i­tor The Ob­server

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