CHADIAN LAWYERS CHALLENGE ONGOING SOCIAL MEDIA SHUTDOWN

2 years ago tajikistannewsgazette.com Comments Off on CHADIAN LAWYERS CHALLENGE ONGOING SOCIAL MEDIA SHUTDOWN

Lawyers in Chad have petitioned court to order the leading telecommunications companies to restore access to social media platforms, which was revoked in March this year.

A social media shutdown that has prevented Chadians from accessing apps including Whats App, Messenger, Facebook, Viber and Twitter.

Maitre Frederic DaA�nonet, president of the lawyers collective that filed the complaint Saturday, said the ongoing blackout violates consumers' rights.

While no reason was given for the shutdown, it was imposed after a controversial national conference which recommended changes to the constitution which would allow President Idriss Deby to remain in power until 2033.

President Deby has been in power since 1990.

Last month, Amnesty International urged the government to 'restore immediate access to all blocked internet sites'.

Amnesty at the time published report titled 'Falling Budgets, Rising Repression', which sought to highlight the link between austerity measures and repression of freedoms of expression and assembly.

The report said an employee of Airtel, a private telecommunications company, confirmed that 'restrictions on access to WhatsApp and Facebook were ordered by Chadian authorities, contrary to government claims that it was most likely a technical problem'.

Access to social media was also suspended in Chad for nearly six months during the April 2016 presidential election. The government blamed that outage on technical problems.

Some users in Chad have been able to access social media networks via Virtual Private Networks, (VPN), which translates into higher costs of internet connection. Mobile data is already pricey in Chad, with 1 GB costing $21 (Pound 16).

A court in N'Djamena is expected to begin hearing on the matter on Aug 28.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Related Posts

Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs: Criminals Did Not Go Unpunished

Web Desk 7 months ago
DUSHANBE, In order to ensure the rule of law and prevent drug trafficking, on May 1, law enforcement authorities detained drug smugglers, natives and residents of Barushon village of the... Read More

Meeting with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

tajikistannewsgazette.com 2 years ago
In the Palace of the Nation, the Founder of Peace and National Unity � Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon received Saudi Interior... Read More

SCO and CSTO as guarantors of stability and security in Central Asia

tajikistannewsgazette.com 4 years ago

DUSHANBE, 24.01.2017 /NIAT Khovar/. The roundtable entitled SCO and CSTO as guarantors of stability and security in Central Asia took place on January 21 at the Russian military base... Read More

Malaysia’s Former PM Najib Net Tightens

tajikistannewsgazette.com 3 years ago
The net around embattled former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his associates is tightening with investigations into his administration's alleged misdeeds ratcheting up this week.Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad... Read More

CHADIAN LAWYERS CHALLENGE ONGOING SOCIAL MEDIA SHUTDOWN

2 years ago tajikistannewsgazette.com Comments Off on CHADIAN LAWYERS CHALLENGE ONGOING SOCIAL MEDIA SHUTDOWN

Lawyers in Chad have petitioned court to order the leading telecommunications companies to restore access to social media platforms, which was revoked in March this year.

A social media shutdown that has prevented Chadians from accessing apps including Whats App, Messenger, Facebook, Viber and Twitter.

Maitre Frederic DaA�nonet, president of the lawyers collective that filed the complaint Saturday, said the ongoing blackout violates consumers' rights.

While no reason was given for the shutdown, it was imposed after a controversial national conference which recommended changes to the constitution which would allow President Idriss Deby to remain in power until 2033.

President Deby has been in power since 1990.

Last month, Amnesty International urged the government to 'restore immediate access to all blocked internet sites'.

Amnesty at the time published report titled 'Falling Budgets, Rising Repression', which sought to highlight the link between austerity measures and repression of freedoms of expression and assembly.

The report said an employee of Airtel, a private telecommunications company, confirmed that 'restrictions on access to WhatsApp and Facebook were ordered by Chadian authorities, contrary to government claims that it was most likely a technical problem'.

Access to social media was also suspended in Chad for nearly six months during the April 2016 presidential election. The government blamed that outage on technical problems.

Some users in Chad have been able to access social media networks via Virtual Private Networks, (VPN), which translates into higher costs of internet connection. Mobile data is already pricey in Chad, with 1 GB costing $21 (Pound 16).

A court in N'Djamena is expected to begin hearing on the matter on Aug 28.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Related Posts

First group of Tajik Muslims expected to fly to Mecca for Umrah pilgrimage in late January

Web Desk 2 months ago
The first group of Tajik Muslims is expected to fly to Mecca for ‘minor’ pilgrimage, Umrah, in late January next year.   Representative of Rasoul Company, which is engaged... Read More

President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon signed a number of laws

tajikistannewsgazette.com 3 years ago
DUSHANBE, 28.08.2017. /NIAT Khovar/. Today, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan signed the Laws of the Republic of Tajikistan On introducing amendments and additions to the Law of... Read More

AKF launches COVID-19 project to address food security in Tajikistan

Web Desk 6 months ago
According to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the project will benefit an estimated 11,985 people (5,865 women and girls) directly and about 80,395 indirectly.   The project aims... Read More

War with Iran will be the beginning of the end of the United States, says Tajik veteran politician

tajikistannewsgazette.com 1 year ago
Tajik veteran politician Shodi Shabdolov considers that underestimation of military potential of Iran may become the beginning of the end of the United States.The Administration of U.S. President Donald... Read More