Membaca itu kata kerja ( verb) jadi tidak pakai are. Are dipakai apabila setelah subject we kata sifat. Atau apabila dalam present continous tense kita bisa menggunakan are dan jangan lupa tambahkan-ing setelah kata kerja contoh we are reading a newspaper.
The French community in Batavia (Jakarta now) ever had a French-language newspaper when Daendels was assigned to the Dutch East Indies. But I think we adapt koran from Dutch 'krant' since they colonized us for a long time.