The Post has left a huge gap – Musukwa  

Tuesday marked another day when journalists in the country and around the world commemorated the World Press Freedom Day.

And a citizen, Yona Musukwa, reflected on the space that The Post occupied, which has not been filled up after the State closed it politically due to its criticism of President Edgar Lungu’s administration.

Lungu’s government used a highly inflated tax bill that his government through the Zambia revenue Authority lamped on the newspaper and closed it down on June 21, 2016.

Two years later, most citizens have realized that the closure was not about taxes, but about the critical voice that the newspaper provided, especially on corruption, which has become rampant under the current administration.

Below is a reflection Musukwa posted on his Facebook page today:

“2 days ago, on World Press Freedom Day, I thought of The Post Newspapers.

Despite its subjective and objective weaknesses, The Post Newspapers has left a huge gap that is getting difficult to fill in our media industry.

Like him or hate him, Dr. Fred M’membe has produced some of the best journalists in the country, by any standard. Post Journalists had a certain ideological posture that you don’t see much in other journalists.

These days, it’s common practice to see journalists getting lunch money, transport money from news sources and events organisers, including from political parties and politicians which was unheard of with The Post Journalists.

Many people ran into trouble trying to bribe The Post Journalists. I remember  former Zambezi East Member of Parliament Maxwell Mukwakwa tried to bribe young George Chellah for favourable coverage but was reported to ACC. Even the powerful Bishop Banda of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God failed to use his religious influence on young Post reporter Mukosha Funga in some Mickey Mouse arrangement involving the state and The Post Newspapers.

The Post sometimes annoyed us, sometimes it irritated us, but it’s value and contribution to our country in keeping power in check: media, justice and the rule of law far outweigh these slight irritations. In fact its track record is unsurpassed by any Zambian media.

Long Live the revolutionary spirit of The Post!”