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Zambia Government Shuts Down Newspaper for Unpaid Taxes

A decision by the Zambian government to close down The Post newspaper is aimed at muzzling the press in the runup to the August 11 general election, according to the publication’s editor, Joseph Mwenda. The Zambia Revenue Authority, or ZRA, halted operations of the newspaper's printing plant in the capital late Tuesday, and closed down its offices. The revenue authority demanded that the independently-run newspaper immediately pay more than $5 million in back taxes. The dispute goes...

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