US government condemns Post Newspapers closure

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Post closed 1The US government has expressed deep concern at the timing of the closure of The Post Newspaper by the Zambian Revenue Authority, only weeks before important elections in Zambia.

According to a statement issued by the US Embassy in Lusaka today, the closure of The Post is the loss of an independent voice during the campaign period and election cycle.

The United States Government urges the Zambian Government to work with the Zambian Revenue Authority and The Post to find a way forward that allows The Post to reopen immediately.

The US says the free flow of information to the Zambian people is an essential element of a free, fair, credible and peaceful election.

And the Human Rights Commission is appealing to the Government to reconsider the decision to close down the Post Newspapers and avoid throwing hundreds of workers into unemployment thereby adversely affecting the welfare of their families.

Commission Chief of Information, Education and Training Mweelwa Muleya in a statement says while it is a matter of human rights law that the State is entitled to enforce laws as it deems necessary to secure the payment of taxes or other contributions, the Commission is of the view that there should be further room for negotiations to find an amicable solution to meeting the tax obligation of the Post Newspapers without necessarily closing it.

Mr Muleya says the Commission feels there is need to use negotiations, mediation and conciliation methods rather than exclusively using a legalistic approach in this matter.

He states that the Post Newspapers is one of the institutions of good governance involved in promoting and protecting fundamental human rights and freedoms in Zambia, playing a pivotal role in safeguarding and consolidating democracy and development over the last 25 years.

Mr Muleya says the newspaper has particularly been instrumental in promoting the right to freedom of expression of divergent viewpoints, providing checks and balances to various State and Non-State institutions and individuals as well as in promoting transparency and accountability.

Mr Muleya states that it would be a sad chapter in the development of Zambia’s democracy if a drastic action was taken to close the Post Newspapers.


14 Responses to US government condemns Post Newspapers closure

  1. My Prayer is that if the closure is politically motivated, then victory should go to the post.I am not supprised because this was part of the agreement between Edigalu and Kanitundila at the time Edigalu was asking for money for 2015 campaign.Its a planned move.

    Best Cop
    June 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

  2. I can’t believe that this government is ready to send hundred of families into poverty when there is a better way to resolve the issue.Do an to others as you would have them do to you. Are other institutions perfect? Godliness

    Nevyson Kabbudula
    June 23, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    • The mines retrenched thousands and life has continued. Why do you think employees of The Post are special?

      June 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      • Wewe!!!!! Your thing is in reverse.Think and comment wisely.

        swift change
        June 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  3. Wonderful US if you see something please come in.

    June 23, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    • I thought this problem was discharged by the Supreme Court? So, the Govt should overturn a Supreme Court ruling?

      June 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm

  4. We know you support bum bangers rights, and you have “friends” at the Post! Just help them pay their taxes! We also know that you jail tax evaders in the US! Why should it be different here?

    Donald Trump
    June 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm

  5. The closure of the post at this time, has damaged the credibility and integrity of the electoral process and the action has already intimidated voters as they may already be afraid with not knowing why the post has been closed at this time. The US should not just say that it is disappointed but it knows from experience around the world that the act may be an indication of imminent danger, and the international community ought to move in. We have suffered so much and when you talk of unemployment, some of us have been d liberated kept out of employment, had our pensions and other benefits deliberately with held, and they pillaged all the resources we came back with from abroad, leaving us at imminent danger of being internally displaced, and the US is aware of this but it looks in, as one of its banks actually is the cause and perpetrator of such misery and suffering
    Despite of it not having the right to occupy us, we have been illegally occupied and sleeping in an empty house, with no prospects of ever recovering from the injustice being inflicted on us. The use should lead by example and vacate the illegal occupation of my property in Lusaka, and compensate for all the misery and suffering,mand then ask the state for mediation and conciliation process in the closure of the post

    I am in need of humanitarian assistance due to such unacceptable in human acts progressed from the US to my fiscal detriment, just because I earned myself a UN benefit. Is the US bringing the colonies back to Zambia, no please Zambians should not accept this.mThen let it cleanse itself from the plunder of my resources,mand assist the government in finding solutions to the closure of the post at this time. People are living with fear of the unknown in Zambia.

    Returned UN Diplomat
    June 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  6. How much does Post owe as compared to Daily Mail and Times of Za

    Jacob Zume
    June 23, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  7. Jacob ,hw can u compare daily and times to post,daily and times are public entity while post is just there to enrich the owner mmembe,why do u defend a criminal,guys put politics aside and consider the issue at hand,

    June 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

  8. Tax obligations don’t discriminate in lines of who owns what etc.Whether private or government the law doesn’t discriminate. This is typical of vengeful minds that don’t thoughroughly. The spiral effects of miscalculated decisions will only haunt the movers of such deeds on their fellow Zambians. How do they even manage to sleep peacefully knowing that hundreds of people have gone hungry? Please state how much the Daily mail and Times of Zambia owe.Be fair

    June 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  9. Munshebwa aile namashinsha kubuko. PFools don’t want to be corrected. Nobody is supporting tax evasion. But what people are saying is that the time was poor. The other point is that this issue can be resolved without closing the Post Newspaper. Pfools, this is not Rocket Science.

    June 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

  10. Why cant govt condemn itself first? Hiding behind and using ZRA to fix others like what its done to the Post is not the best. Govt fail to pay its own retired employees who end up destitute after retiring while others die without getting their pension money despite collecting money through taxes using its nasty arm of the ZRA. Hope employees of the Post including their families should vote for the PF to get their jobs back. Shame on Govt.

    June 24, 2016 at 8:02 am

  11. isala ibi saana.others they are saying miners have been trenched from there jobs,life goes on.only yhe devil can celebrate what is happening in Zambia because they are say have mercy and you shall find mercy to almighty God.time is time,if you remember every well post help pf so much when they were in opposition,not until they were ushered into government.this want bemba word say;ukulu undapa who can say will be in power forever.God set time for everything.

    June 24, 2016 at 9:05 am

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