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‘Internet Censorship Bill’ Set to Be Signed Into Law by Ramaphosa

News Update |

The National Assembly has officially passed the Films and Publications Amendment Bill, with the bill now scheduled to be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa for assent.

The bill aims to introduce a number of changes including harsher rules to protect children from disturbing and harmful content, and to regulate the online distribution of content such as films and games.


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…

Disruptions To Digital Communications Persist In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

By Edrine Wanyama |

Internet access and Short Message Services (SMS) were interrupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) on January 20, 2018 ahead of a peaceful protest march organised by the Catholic Church to compel President Joseph Kabila to step down following the expiry of his final term in office. The country remains caught in a cycle of instability since…

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.…

Gabon is the Latest African Country to shut down Its Internet as Election Protests Grow

By Abdi Latif Dahir|

The government of Gabon shut down the internet on Wednesday (Aug. 31) following the announcement president Ali Bongo was re-elected by a slim margin for a second seven-year term in office. The move showcased the tensions already gripping the country, with the capital Libreville experiencing a night of violent clashes, looting and arrests, while the main opposition…