This week’s Observer
From today we have increased the price of the Observer from £3 to £3.20. There will be no change to our subscription prices, so buying the paper through a subscription will continue to offer Observer readers the best value for money, as well as helping your local retailer.
A Sunday newspaper that champions internationalism, progressive liberal policies and civilised discourse is vital to our national conversation in these turbulent times. 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 provides the very best writing about the arts and literature, as well as first-rate and comprehensive sports reporting and engaging lifestyle coverage.
We have no shareholders and no billionaire owner. Our journalism is free from commercial or political influence. But original, thought-provoking, inquiring journalism like the brilliant Cambridge Analytica files costs money, and newsrooms need ongoing investment. Conditions for news organisations are very tough – sales of newspapers are in historic decline and the costs of producing them are rising. We have to make sure our business is financially sustainable.
The Observer has not increased its price for almost three years, and only does so now from necessity. But we believe we provide excellent value for money – and that our voice must be heard louder than ever in defence of the values that inspire us, and that we believe remain critical to the future of this country.
And our subscription rates remain unchanged. If you’re not already a subscriber you can subscribe by visiting theguardian. com/subscriptions, or by calling 0330 333 6767.