Zambia shuts down newspaper in tax dispute

Posted June 23, 2016 4:02 am by Editor

Zambia shuts down newspaper in tax dispute

Zambia’s tax authorities have shut down a newspaper critical of the government, accusing it of failing to pay taxes, its managing editor said on Wednesday.

The Post’s managing editor Joan Chirwa said Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) officials had ignored a court order preventing its closure over a disputed debt of 68 million kwachas ($6 million).

“We have been paying the taxes and this outstanding bill is from an old debt which is in dispute,” Chirwa said. She said the newspaper had been closed because of its critical editorial policy. “It is not a secret that we are being targeted because of our stand,”

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