Open Internet News

20th February 2018

DRC Activists Take on Vodacom & Others Over Internet Shutdowns

Complaint against Telecommunication Companies in DRC.

Telecommunications’ multinational companies are accused of:

Interrupting or interfering with access to the Internet, without any explanation or reimbursement. This constitutes a failure to accomplish own obligation to supply services to Congolese who had paid for megabytes in exchange for the promise of guaranteed free usage, accordingly.
Refusing to communicate or notify clients about negative incidents that…

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16th February 2018

GPU Welcomes Ecowas Court Ruling on Gambia Anti-free Speech Laws

News Update-Africa|
The Gambia Press Union (GPU) welcomes the ruling made by the Abuja-based Ecowas Court of Justice on Wednesday February 14, on the legality of the laws of sedition, criminal defamation, false publication on the internet and false publication and broadcasting.
In 2015, the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) along with four Gambian exiled journalists, namely Fatou Camara, Lamin Fatty, Alagie…

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The Rise of The Namibian Surveillance State

Namibian law enforcement & security authorities could already be engaging in surveillance abuse and could now just be seeking legal cover from politicians and lawmakers.

What is worrying is that while these securocratic blocks are seemingly set to fall into place one by one, selective closed-door consultations are being used to create the illusion of public or stakeholder engagement, while no actual…

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14th February 2018

Ugandan Journalist Seized in Kampala Following Investigative Report

News Update|

Nairobi, February 14, 2018–Ugandan authorities must make every effort to secure the safe release of Charles Etukuri, an investigative journalist for the state-owned New Visionnewspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five unidentified men dressed in military camouflage seized Etukuri outside the newspaper’s office in Kampala yesterday, days after he published an investigation into the murder of a foreign national in…

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13th February 2018

Rwanda shuts radio for denigrating women

Kigali – Rwanda’s media watchdog has ordered a US-owned Christian radio station shut for three months after a “vile” sermon against women, it said on Monday.

The radio station, Amazing Grace FM, broadcast a sermon by local pastor Nicolas Niyibikora on January 29, in which he called women dangerous, evil and against the plans of God.

The broadcast sparked outrage and prompted…

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10th February 2018

CIPESA Submits Comments On The Uganda Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015

Official Submission |

Article 27 of Uganda’s constitution provides for citizens’ right to privacy, however, there is no law to protect an individual’s data privacy despite the large amounts of citizen data collected by government departments and private entities on a regular basis. More concerning, is that this data is collected with no guarantee of its protection and privacy.

Some existing legislation,…

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5th February 2018

Nearly 60% of South Africans Now Have Access to The Internet

News Update|

JOHANNESBURG – The number of internet users as a percentage of the total population in South Africa is nearing 60%. This is according to the Digital in 2018 report by global digital agency, We Are Social and social media management platform, HootSuite.

In January 2018, internet penetration was recorded at 54% (30.8 million South Africans), up 2% from 52% in January 2017.…

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30th January 2018

BAKE condemns the shutdown of TV stations & Threats to Media Freedoms

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is alarmed by the blatant disregard of the law, draconian practices, respect for media freedoms and freedom of expression in the country by the Kenyan Government. In moves that return the country to the dark past, the government is enhancing regressive practices that infringe on fundamental right of Kenyans.

Allegations that the President and his…

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