The publishers said that security operatives restricted their circulation by the persistent harassment of vendors.
The spokesman of the Bayelsa Police Command, Mr Alex Akhigbe, had said that the police was concerned by the security implication of the large crowd that often gathered at the newspaper stands to read newspapers.
The publishers, a group of seven newspapers affected by the restriction, said the current editions of their various newspapers were rejected by the vendors.
The affected newspapers included Golden Pen, Niger Delta Herald, The Light, National Investigator and Spynet.
“We condemn the use of security agencies to harass and intimidate our sole newspaper distributor, Chief Shedrak Alaka Oko, stopping him from selling and circulating our newspapers in Yenagoa and its environs.
“Previous democratic administrations, from Chief Diepreye Alamieyesiegha, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, to Chief Timipre Sylva never took to gagging the press in spite of criticisms of their administrations,“ the statement read in part.
The publishers noted that the restriction of distribution amounted to depriving them of their legitimate livelihood which negated the principles of free enterprise.