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Nationalist daily to reverse-publish pro-independence website

Pro-Scottish independence daily The National is set to launch a print version of an online magazine which has similar political goals.

The Newsquest-owned title is teaming up with Bella Caledonia, which also supports a break from the United Kingdom, for the 24-page monthly publication.

The new Bella Caledonia magazine will be carried in The National on the first Saturday of every month, with an aim to “bring balance and plurality to the news media in Scotland”.

Half of the content for the magazine will be provided by Bella, the other half by The National.THBC

National editor Callum Baird said: “Scotland needs The National and Bella Caledonia to bring balance and plurality to the news media in Scotland. We’re up against a relentless tide of overwhelmingly Unionist news outlets, and it’s important to fight back with recognised pro-independence voices.

“This partnership gives our regular Saturday readers a new magazine, and allows Bella Caledonia to reach a whole new audience.

“Led by The National, the Yes media in Scotland is thriving, and it’s important that we all do our bit to support each other in reaching as many people as possible in as many ways we can.”

Bella editor Mike Small added: “Bella Caledonia is delighted to be working in partnership with The National. We’ll be bringing monthly features on culture and politics in print for the very first time. With the prospect of a second referendum looming it’s time for the vision of ‘another Scotland’ to be articulated and re-explored.

“It’s now more important than ever that people get behind Scotland’s alternative media. The strength of the Yes movement has always been fuelled by its grassroots network who are full of passion, creativity and energy.”