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RSF condemns DRC’s latest Internet blackout

first_img Organisation to go further Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Internet News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Internet Receive email alerts Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian News February 27, 2018 RSF condemns DRC’s latest Internet blackout February 16, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 24, 2021 Find out more Des policiers réagissant à un jet de pierre depuis le site de la cathédrale Notre Dame à Kinshasa, en RDC ce 25 février 2018. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma The entire country was deprived of the Internet from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, 25 February, while thousands of people marched through the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, and provincial cities in protest against President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to stand down although his term of office has ended.Called by the Catholic Church and the Lay Coordination Committee, the protests were dispersed violently by the security forces with an estimated toll of two dead, 47 wounded and more than 100 arrests.“Once again, the authorities have used an opposition protest as grounds for giving the order to block all Internet communications,” RSF said. “Preventing information from circulating does not help to limit the violence or conceal the crackdown on the protests. The Congolese people must not be deprived of its fundamental right to be informed.”The authorities already suspended messaging services, social networks and other Internet services during previous opposition marches on 31 December and 21 January. As a result, RSF and 12 other international and Congolese NGOs sent a joint letter to the prime minister and the minister of telecommunications on 23 February urging them not to do it again during Sunday’s march.The DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stop systematically disconnecting the Internet whenever opposition protest marches are held. Newslast_img

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