Some newspaper vendors in Lusaka have complained that they have seen a reduction in their sales since Government shut down the Post Newspapers.
The vendors interviewed on the streets of Lusaka on Friday revealed that motorists and members of the public have stopped buying the other newspapers since the Post has now limited circulation.
They revealed that the trend has always been that people will buy the other two or three papers together with the Post as a way of getting a balance in news coverage.
“What used to happen is that the first paper of choice would be the Post, after they get the Post, then you find that someone will also get the Daily Mail or Times depending on which Headline they have and the Daily Nation would only be an option but since the Post became hard to find, people are now failing to buy any of the three papers which has now badly affected our sales,” said one vendor on Independence Avenue.
And investigations have revealed that some newspaper vendors on Cairo road have resorted to hiding the paper for fear of being attacked by PF cadres.
Some vendors who operate around Church House on Cairo Road said they have been warned that they will be beaten up and their wares confiscated if they are found selling the Post.
“So we have resorted to hiding the paper and selling it only to our trusted customers because we are scared of these PF cadres. They keep checking up on us to see if we are stocking the paper. They are saying that the Post is a closed publication so it is illegal to trade in it. This has made our work very difficult,” another vendor said.
The Zambia Revenue Authority this week raided the Post and confiscated equipment and assets of the newspaper company and paralysed its operations in a protracted.
However, the Newspaper has defied all odds and have continued publishing although with limited circulation.