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SaltWire operates 35 weekly and daily newspapers in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.


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SaltWire's recent decision to restrict access to obituaries from its online newspapers to its subscribers displeases Prince Edward Island.

Prime Minister Dennis King hears about it every day from voters, he said.

During the question period on Tuesday, he raised the idea of ​​sponsoring the newspapers so that these sections remain visible to all people.

I encourage SaltWire to understand that it is in the DNA of the people of the island, that it is an important ritual and a public service that the islanders have become accustomed to, said the Prime Minister.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">SaltWire Network owns the daily newspapers The Guardian and Journal Pioneer, two of the oldest publications in the province.< /p>

Obituaries are published there, but recently access has been reserved for subscribers. A 30-day free trial is available to visitors who register.

We understand the importance of obituaries in honoring loved ones. At SaltWire, our goal is always to connect and support the community during these difficult times. […] For those who consult these elements of our website on a regular basis, we ask readers to support us in keeping and maintaining this service, we can read on the newspaper sites.

Dennis King acknowledged that paid newspaper subscriptions are a trend and that print media are looking for ways to monetize online content.

He added that perhaps there was a way for the government to be creative and participate in the debate.

Maybe there is a role for government here, he indicated.

Mr. King hopes to speak to Saltwire representatives and noted that the provincial government already buys a lot of advertising in these media.

Saltwire did not respond to requests interview report at the time of publication.

Based on reporting by CBC's Cody MacKay< /p>

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