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Post- och Inrikes Tidningar was first revealed in Sweden in 1645, and is the oldest newspaper still in existence, though it now publishes solely on-line. Opregte Haarlemsche Courant from Haarlem, first published in 1656, is the oldest paper still printed. It was forced to merge with the newspaper Haarlems Dagblad in 1942 when Germany occupied the Netherlands. Since then the Haarlems Dagblad has appeared with the subtitle Oprechte Haerlemse Courant 1656.

The historical past of Middle Eastern newspapers goes back to the nineteenth century. Many editors were not only journalists but in addition writers, philosophers and politicians. With unofficial journals, these intellectuals inspired public discourse on politics within the Ottoman and Persian Empires...

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