Zambian Newspaper Closed by Government

In the middle of the campaign for the general election in Zambia, officials have closed The Post, one of Zambia's most important independent newspapers. Authorities are demanding that the newspaper pay US $6.1 million in late taxes before being allowed to reopen. Amnesty International argues that this demand is simply an excuse to silence journalists who have not been afraid to criticize President Lungu's administration and is part of a wider attempt to suppress the news media ahead of the general election. Last year, the owner of The Post and another of the paper's journalists were arrested following the publication of an article on the Anti Corruption Committee's investigation into a presidential aide's alleged soliciting of a bribe in exchange for an appointment with the President.

According to Zambia Reports, (, The Post has responded by continuing to publish underground.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016