Compared to 2018, internet shutdowns in Africa grew by 47%. While there were 17 incidents recorded in 2018, we documented at least 25 in 2019. In addition to the increase in incidents, there was also a significant increase in the number of African countries that shut down the internet. There were 10 such countries in 2018, and at least 14 in 2019. The addition of new countries, and countries that did not disconnect the internet in 2018 or 2017, but did so in 2019, is alarming. Out of the 14 countries that shut down the internet in 2019, at least seven have either never shut down the internet or did not do so in 2018 and 2017. This includes Benin, Gabon, Eritrea, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, and Zimbabwe.
Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.
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