Censorship

Chad is Blocking Social Media and Messaging Apps Again

Paris, April 5, 2018: Internet Without Borders is alarmed by the current shutdown of social media platforms and messaging services including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber and important news website such as BBC, in Chad.

This new case of censorship comes just a few days after Internet Without Borders and partners submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council, on Human Rights violations…

Internet Censorship Bill Looms Large Over Egypt

Egyptian parliamentarians will soon review a draft anti-cybercrime law that could codify internet censorship practices into national law.

While the Egyptian government is notorious for censoring websites and platforms on national security grounds, there are no laws in force that explicitly dictate what is and is not permissible in the realm of online censorship. But if the draft law is approved, that will…

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

By Netizen Report Team|

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Internet and mobile SMS fell into a total blackout in the West African nation of Togo on the morning of September 7.

Anti-government protests have been surging in the capital Lomé, with opposition leaders now demanding that President Faure Gnassingbé step down.…

#FASTAfrica Week of Action

By Web We Want | We want Internet that is FAST, AFFORDABLE, SAFE and TRANSPARENT(F.A.S.T) for ALL because lives, livelihoods and development in Africa depend on it. African leaders have promised to connect everyone by 2020, but the continent still has the slowest and most expensive Internet in the world and only 20% of people are online.

May 1 – 7…

New Project Will Gather Users’ Stories of Censorship from Around the World

Onlinecensorship.org Tracks Content Takedowns by Facebook, Twitter, and Other
Social Media Sites

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact
launched Onlinecensorship.org today, a new platform to document the who, what, and
why of content takedowns on social media sites. The project, made possible by a 2014
Knight News Challenge award, will address how social media sites moderate usergenerated
content and how…

East African Court Declares Sections of Burundi’s Media Law ‘Undemocratic’

By Wairagala Wakabi

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has ruled that sections of Burundi’s Press Law of 2013 violate democratic principles and should be repealed. However, the court upheld several other clauses, including those related to regulation of print and online media.

Delivered on May 15 at the Arusha, Tanzania-based court, the ruling found two articles (19 & and 20)…

Africa’s Worst New Internet Censorship Law Could be Coming to South Africa

By Jeremy Malcom

Only once in a while does an Internet censorship law or regulation come along that is so audacious in its scope, so misguided in its premises, and so poorly thought out in its execution, that you have to check your calendar to make sure April 1 hasn’t come around again. The Draft Online Regulation Policy recently issued by…

World Press Freedom: Ugandan Journalists Convened for Digital Security Training

By Juliet Nanfuka

On May 2, a total of 27 Ugandan journalists were trained in digital security procedures. The training was held in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), which this year was celebrated under the theme “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age”.

The training, which was organised by the Collaboration on…