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Chadian court approves continued social media blackout - after 1 year

Chadian court approves continued social media blackout - after 1 year

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<p>Lawyers in Chad on Thursday presented an application to the courts seeking an order to force government to lift a social media blackout.</p> <p>But the Appeals Court struck out the case allowing the government to continue the blackout which has been in force since March 2018.</p> <p>For a year now, Chadians are unable to use particular social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. The state says these applications have helped to organize anti-government protests which in turn threaten internal security.</p> <p>The blockade was imposed when a national conference recommended changes to the constitution to allow president Idriss Deby Itno to continue in office until 2033.</p> <p>Despite repeated calls by internet rights groups for the ban to be lifted, the government has serially dismissed them. </p> <p>Chad is not the only African country to have switched off the internet for political and security reasons. Gabon did so briefly in the face of a coup attempt early this year.</p> <p>Sudan, currently suffering anti-government protests imposed a similar measure but has since restored the signal. Democratic Republic of Congo, <span class="caps">DRC</span>, cut signal after the December 2018 polls. It was only restored after a president was declared in the person of Felix Tshisekedi.</p>
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