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U.S. Urges Zambia to Let Post Newspaper Reopen as Vote Nears

  • Shutdown of newspaper ‘loss of independent voice,’ U.S. Says
  • Closure carried out by revenue authority over unpaid taxes
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The U.S. called on the Zambian government to allow the Post newspaper to reopen after the southern African nation’s revenue authority closed it on Tuesday over non-payment of taxes, describing its shutdown as “the loss of an independent voice” before elections in August.

“The U.S. government urges the government of the Republic of Zambia to work with the Zambian Revenue Authority and The Post to find a way forward that allows The Post to reopen immediately,” the embassy, based in Lusaka, the capital, said in a statement posted on its website Thursday. “The free flow of information to the Zambian people is an essential element of a free, fair, credible and peaceful election.”