This week’s Ob­server

The Observer - - News - Paul Web­ster Ed­i­tor, the 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.

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