Countries use Internet shutdown to control masses, experts say

A woman browses the Internet. It is increasingly becoming the “new normal” in some African countries,  for governments to periodically shutdown the Internet. PHOTO | RACHEL MABALA

What you need to know:

  • Issue. According to the CIPESA report, 77 per cent of the countries where Internet shutdowns have been ordered in the last five years are categorised as authoritarian under the Democracy Index produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

It is increasingly becoming the “new normal” in some African countries,  for governments to periodically shut down the Internet or block social media platforms under the guise of “maintaining public safety and State security” in their respective nations. 

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