Taxation in Zambia

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Zambia will tax phone calls made over the internet to protect traditional telecoms companies, the government said on Monday, a move activists warned would stifle freedom of expression.

Zambia expects to raise $22 million annually in new tax on internet phone calls. The cabinet approved Monday a 30 ngwee (0.3 kwacha; $0.03) daily tariff charged on online phone calls.

The Zambian government will introduce a tax on internet phone calls in a bid to protect the traditional service providers.

Zambia collected 26 percent more tax in the first half of this year compared with the same period a year ago, easing some pressure on the financially-strained copper producer, the revenue collection agency said on Thursday.

If a man is accused of a crime, do you hang him and wait for the judicial system to sort out whether he did it? The question seems farcical, but that’s the situation facing Zambia’s daily paper, The Post.

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