The right to get distributed

Submitted by Matthew on 20 July, 2011 - 11:54

One factor in the domination of the British newspaper industry by billionaires is that it is difficult for smaller newspapers — such as Solidarity — to get distributed.

In Britain, newspaper and magazine distribution is dominated by two big corporations, Smiths News and Menzies Distribution. They are reluctant to distribute anything unorthodox or radical. Smiths refused to distribute Private Eye until well into the 1970s, and does not distribute any left-wing publication.

In France, the dominant distribution network, Presstalis (formerly NMPP), is obliged by a 1947 law to distribute all newspapers, including the left-wing ones.

Smiths and Menzies should be nationalised and replaced by a public-service distribution network obliged to distribute all publications.

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