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#MondayBlues: Zambia Makes the 31st African Country To Block Social Media

African Countries Blocking internet

Sadly and  regrettably,  Zambia has made it to the hall of  shame, joining African governments  that block freedom  of  expression during  electoral  disputes, yesterday  there were the 31st  African country  to block  social  media.

Just this  year alone Five African countries  have  rushed  to  block the  internet  to limit  freedom  of  information, these  include, Zambia UgandaSenegalNigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For the first  time ever Zambians  have  got to learn  of  Virtual Private Networks, (VPNs) something  which most Zimbabweans  have braved twice already  in the  past few  years, as they  circumvent  traffic  ban through ISPs.

The court  challenge  in Zambian however forced the government to then lift  the ban, forcing  the regulatory  authority  to stop the restrictions.

Thirty One  African countries have restricted social media access in this period, out of a total of 66 globally, according to the cybersecurity company Surfshark, which describes Africa as “a volatile environment for social media.”

According to the Surfshark tracker, at least 16 African countries have restricted social media access in the past due to elections and at least seven have done so due to protests and demonstrations.

Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Togo, Tanzania, Benin, DRC, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Mali, South Sudan, Sudan and  Zimbabwe have restricted access to social media in the past due to elections, protests and demonstrations



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