Internet Without Borders Firmly Condemns the Recent Internet Shutdown in the DRC
Paris, Feb. 26, 2018 : Internet Without Borders strongly condemns the unlawful internet and SMS blackout, which took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, Feb.25, 2018, from roughly 9 am to 7 pm. This new case is added to the long list of online censorship events ordered by the Congolese Government, including the SMS and Internet shutdown during the Jan. 20, 2018 protest.
#RDC Fausse alerte sur la coupure d’internet.
Le ministre Emery-Okundji dément catégoriquement la folle rumeur qui a circulé hier sur les réseaux sociaux faisant état de la coupure d’internet ce samedi 24.02.2018 à partir de 22 heures.
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“We strongly condemn this new case of Internet censorship by the DRC government. To order an internet shutdown in times of social and political crisis is a clear desire to deprive citizens of their constitutional right to freedom of expression,” said Abdelkerim Yacoub Koundougoumi, Head of the Central African division of Internet Without Borders.
“The Congolese government should know that in the 21st century, the internet has become an indispensable tool for life. Accordingly, it should not be shut down during public protests. It should rather be available for both the state and the civil society in order to promote transparency and protect democracy,” said Blaise Ndola, Africtivist (co-signer of the open letter), Digital Communications Consultant and Coordinator of the blogging community of Goma.
Internet Without Borders is utterly shocked by the Government’s empty promise. Internet Without Borders calls on the government to urgently respect its international commitments to democratic principles and human rights.
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