UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Pentagon announced Monday that it intends to close the print edition of its daily newspaper, “Stars and Stripes,” whose first edition dates back to 1861 during the American Civil War.
“We decided that in the modern era, paper newspapers are no longer the way we communicate,” explained Elaine McCasker, the Pentagon’s chief financial officer, while presenting her 2021 budget draft to the Pentagon.
This was confirmed by information provided by the “Wall Street Journal” about this daily newspaper specializing in military affairs and partly funded by the Pentagon but with an independent editorial line.
The Wall Street Journal quoted a budget document issued by the Pentagon as saying that the ministry is “looking to reduce its financial support for” Stars and Stripes “as the public moves from print media to more accessible media.”
In a tweet on her Twitter account, Stars and Stripes defended her editorial independence. She wrote, “The mission of Stars and Stripes is not to communicate the messages of the ministry or the military leadership, but rather to be a separate publication (…) in the service of the armed forces.”
The newspaper issues paper copies printed worldwide, including Japan, South Korea, Germany and Italy, where the United States has important military bases.
About 12,000 copies are distributed daily on rules where access to the Internet is difficult or prohibited for security reasons.
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