Commenting on the suspension of services by independent news agency Ecumenical News International (ENI, also known as ENInews), Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society thinktank Ekklesia, said:
"The loss of two immensely experienced staff members, the sudden drastic cut in funding and the failure to realise a more consensual and effective transition process towards a viable future for ENInews is extremely disappointing.
"It also occurs at a time when the need for independent, quality reporting of religion has never been greater.
"We very much hope that ENI can be redeveloped and relaunched. We will do what we can to further that end, as a user and supporter of the service.
"In the meantime we wish to express our particular gratitude to Stephen Brown and Peter Kenny, former managing editor and editor-in-chief, for their invaluable work."
Ekklesia has regularly used ENI material as part of its news briefing service, and has sought to promote the work of the agency through its own networks and syndication.