Africa’s internet & social media bans: Censorship or public service? | DW News

Africa’s internet & social media bans: Censorship or public service? | DW News

From bans on social media sites, to internet blackouts and harassment campaigns against journalists – increasingly governments across Africa are making it harder to speak out.
Last year there were more than 20 shutdowns across a dozen countries. In Chad a block on social media lasted over a year.
This year, authorities in Niger, Congo and Senegal cut access to the internet during elections and protests. Now, after blocking Twitter, Nigeria says social media companies must be licensed by the broadcasting commission.
And in Rwanda, Human Rights organizations warn that the repression is more targeted. More than 20 bloggers and YouTubers have been detained or disappeared within the past year.

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