Journalists Strike Causes Virtual News Blackout in Italy

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Italy faced a virtual news blackout Friday as broadcast journalists joined a strike staged by print reporters.

Domestic news agencies have been shut down since Thursday. TV and radio news was limited to a few short bulletins a day, while only a few minor newspapers were available at newsstands.

The workers are protesting a stalemate in contract renewal talks with media publishers.

The print journalists were set to return to work Saturday after a two-day strike. The walkout by broadcast journalists, also lasting 48 hours, was scheduled to end a day later.

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