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5 July 2018updated 07 Sep 2021 11:46am

Why the New Statesman has launched a paywall

This week, we began asking our most avid readers to subscribe to get all our content online. Here’s why. 

By Helen Lewis

As you might have noticed, the New Statesman now has a paywall. There’s a good reason for this: the kind of journalism we want to do requires investment. And web display adverts alone aren’t enough to cover those costs.

From now on, every user gets three free visits a month, after which we will ask you to register for a free account. If you’re a keen reader of our articles, then we’ll ask you to take out a digital subscription. It’s also possible to buy a combined sub, with which you’ll receive our weekly print magazine as well.

Or, if you’re an existing print subscriber, you can pay as little as an additional 50p each week to gain access to our unlimited digital content alongside your weekly magazine. 

We hope you agree that’s fair – our website is far more than the online version of the print title, with dozens of online-only pieces published every week.

For everyone else, this is your chance to support our award-winning political writers such as Stephen Bush, to allow us to send Anoosh Chakelian and Patrick Maguire around the country to report on “Crumbling Britain”, and to help us cover the issues and personalities shaping the national conversation.

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