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Byron Shire Echo

The Byron Shire Echo is a free weekly independent tabloid newspaper which is published in the Byron Shire, New South Wales, Australia. The Brunswick Valley Echo, as the newspaper was first known, was founded in 1986 as a result of marijuana raids by the NSW Police in the valleys behind Mullumbimby. Despite reports that the police acted aggressively and illegally, news media refused to cover the story, so local resident Nicholas Shand founded the paper as a civil rights watchdog. Co-founder David Lovejoy has continued that policy since Shand’s death in 1996. Over the last 31 years The Echo has grown steadily and currently distributes 23,200 copies every Wednesday. In 1991 Shand, Lovejoy and photographer Jeff Dawson ventured south of Byron Shire to create the Lismore Echo. This paper was subsequently sold to its employees and renamed the Northern Rivers Echo. It was purchased by Australian Provincial Newspapers in December, 2008, who subsequently sold it to News Corp in 2016. The Echo launched another publication, this time to the north, in August, 2008. The Tweed Shire Echo, similar in format and outlook to its sister paper, did not attract enough income and was closed early in 2012. However, August 2011 saw the launch of an online newspaper, Echonetdaily, which is a weekday ... ()

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Fischer | Data Science ID: NEWSPAPERS:1889, Added: 07/15/2019