These African leaders are so scared of the internet that they want it banned

Ismail Akwei Jun 13, 2018 at 09:18am

June 13, 2018 at 09:18 am | News

Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei | Contributor

June 13, 2018 at 09:18 am | News

Faure Gnassingbé – Togo

The Togolese president chose to shut down the internet in the country in the latter part of 2017 and intermittently to stop protesters in the West African country from demonstrating against his longtime rule inherited from his father.

The internet shutdown affected news media and businesses which needed the internet to operate. Many residents used VPN or cross into Ghana to be able to send information to the rest of the world about their plight.

The anti-government demonstrations are ongoing and the internet bandwidth is regularly slowed down, making it difficult to share information.

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