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12/02/2016 08:55 GMT | Updated 12/02/2016 10:59 GMT

11 'Independent' Front Pages That Moved Us All And Changed The Debate, As Owners Say Paper Will Close

The Independent has long relied on and been proud of its status as an "outsider" newspaper, one that pushed the boundaries of design and reporting to earn itself a respected, established space on the British media scene.

It has offered up some of the most daring and creative front pages in its time - on subjects ranging from the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris to the death of 6,500 Africans in a single day from preventable, treatable disease.

The paper's coverage of Aylan Kurdi's death included a campaign calling on David Cameron to welcome refugees fleeing persecution and destitution from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. Editors dared to print the iconic photo of 3-year-old Kurid's body washed up on a beach in Turkey when many others did not.

"Do we really believe this is not our problem?" a front page editorial read, justifying the decision to print such a graphic image so prominently.

In 2006, Bono guest edited the paper in honour of Aids victims. Half the profits from that day's sales went to those suffering with the disease in Africa.

For a media organisation that was once joked about in 'The Thick Of It' for often splashing "a headline saying 'CRUELTY' and then a picture of a dolphin or a whale underneath", it has certainly given millions of Britons pause for thought and significantly shifted the debate on major issues.

So, as news breaks the paper will end print circulation after a 30-year history, The Huffington Post UK pays tribute by taking a look at its 11 most iconic and moving from pages.

1. First edition: 'Conservatives try to half sterling slide'

7 October 1986

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2. 'How the universe began'

24 April 1992

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3. 'No news today'

16 May 2006

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4. 'Victory - rejoice'

5 April 2007

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5. 'The tenacity of hope'

6 November 2012

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6. 'Here is the news, not the propaganda'

5 October 2014

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7. Charlie Hebdo cartoon

8 January 2015

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8. 'The end of FoI'

18 July 2015

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9. 'Somebody's child'

3 September 2015

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10. 'We join Paris',

15 November 2015

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11. Its final edition before the announcement: 'The theory of relativity proved'

12 February 2016

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Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Independent, its sister paper, and stablemate partner, hailed the move away from editors being able to create big, bold front pages to new digital inventions as "innovative".

In a statement released on Friday, he said: “The newspaper industry is changing, and that change is being driven by readers. They’re showing us that the future is digital.

"This decision preserves the Independent brand and allows us to continue to invest in the high quality editorial content that is attracting more and more readers to our online platforms.

“The Independent has always been a pioneering newspaper with a track record of innovation. It has a proud heritage as Britain’s first truly independent national quality title.

"My family bought and invested heavily in The Independent because we believe in world-class quality journalism, and this move secures the future of these vitally important editorial values.”

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