A copy of Lebanese newspaper As-Safir is displayed in front of other newspapers at a shop in Sidon, southern Lebanon March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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Lebanon's Journalists Union Thursday condemned the recent layoffs of journalists at several Lebanese newspapers as means of cutting costs.The union's discussion on Thursday centered on the latest discharges at Al-Mustaqbal and Al-Akhbar newspapers amid reports that other local dailies have the same intentions. Reports emerged earlier this week that several dailies abruptly laid off a number of employees due to their precarious financial situations, moves taken by As-Safir and An-Nahar newspapers earlier this year.The prominent As-Safir newspaper was set to cease operations at the end of March after more than four decades of operation; however the paper received a financial lifeline at the last minute.
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