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For many African countries, Internet shutdowns are becoming the most preferred control mechanisms governments are using to curtail the right to freedom of expression and access to information online. This is a marked shift from SMS filtering or websites blocking that were hitherto more prevalent. The shutdowns are effected through orders to service providers to block access to either selected services (such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and mobile money services), or a total obstruction of access to the entire internet.

 

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State of Internet Freedom in Africa
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