THE United Nations (UN) says the use of teargas on unarmed people in an urban residential area is disproportionate.
UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, Ms Janet Rogan, said her organization has noted media reports of the use of indiscriminate teargas to disperse protests at the Post newspaper’s premises.
Ms Rogan said the UN in Zambia is very concerned by the reported use of indiscriminate teargas without due consideration of public safety in surrounding area
She said the UN has also noted media reports concerning the closure of the Post newspaper as a result of issues relating to the newspaper’s outstanding corporate tax obligations, and reports
“The right to freedom of the media, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are particularly important during an election period.
“The ability to debate different views, policies and activities in an impartial conducive environment supports the electorate’s capacity to make informed decisions about candidates and their manifestos, “Ms Rogan said.
She said the collection of domestic revenues through corporate taxes is the responsibility of government and it is the responsibility of corporate bodies, including media houses, to meet their tax obligations.
The UN hopes that the concerned parties will take steps to find an amicable solution to the issue.