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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, August 3, 2009

The Observer's demise underscores insecurity in the branch

The UK's oldest Sunday newspaper The Observer, which was founded in London in 1791, is facing the threat of closure. The Italian daily Corriere della Sera comments: "Whatever the outcome ... this is about an important piece of quality journalism that is disappearing and thus highlighting the insecurity of the entire branch. … The Observer is one of the 'institutions' of the British Sunday. It was the first newspaper to be dedicated in 1791 to coverage that was 'Unbiased by Prejudice - Uninfluenced by Party...Whose Principal is Independence,' as its founder W.S. Bourne wrote at the time. A mandate … that has been defended for over 200 years. … Today The Observer is read by the moderate Left. … But it is respected by all and everyone is impressed by its courage to battle on all fronts in keeping with the motto 'We belong to no party'. It has survived the political storms. For 218 years it has informed and explained, but in times of crisis it has become very difficult to stay above water."

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