Communications Shutdown

Libya: Online Voices Silenced with Violence

Earlier this month, the Libyan Armed Forces under Commander-in-Chief Khalifa Haftar not only besieged the Abu Hadi region south of Sirte, but “they also shut down internet and telecom services.” According to Libyan Crimes Watch, Haftar’s forces claimed they were waging a security offensive to capture fugitives in the area. Internet shutdowns have been frequently …

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Internet Access in Sudan is of Unprecedented Importance

Internet services have been partially restored in Sudan after a 20-day shutdown following the coup led by the Military Council on October 25. Some applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram remain blocked on certain Sudanese networks. On the day of the November 17 mass rally, all internet and telecom services were suspended, amid reports of …

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Sudan: No Internet Shutdown Can Cure Corruption [Opinion]

The first official exam leak in Sudan occurred in 2003, when mobile phone features were very limited and lacked camera and internet access. Still, hard copies of the exams were leaked and circulated among students, to be used later in cheating. In response, the Sudanese government cancelled exams and postponed them for three months.  Cheating …

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Military-Controlled Telecom Sector and Internet Shutdowns in Sudan

Sudanese authorities suspended internet services across the country last September, under the pretext of preventing cheating during the Secondary Education Exams, as per the High Commission of Secondary Education Exams. Since it wasn’t the first incident of internet shutdown of this kind, the Sudanese refused to stand idle this time and took several steps to …

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