DRC: Rights group asks DRC to rescind order to block social media sites

Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the order to internet firms by the DR Congo authorities to block social media sites on 18 December.

Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The social media shutdown on the eve of the end of President (Joseph) Kabila’s mandate is a blatant attempt to keep the Congolese people in the dark at a critical time, and must be rescinded immediately."

She added: “Instead of emulating the repressive tactics of other governments in the region that have shut down social media at critical junctures during political contests, the DRC government should be upholding the right of the Congolese people to share information.”

President Kabila’s constitutionally-mandated second term comes to an end on 19 December. However, the opposition says he has been using all sorts of tactics to remain in office.
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15 december 2016 20:58:49

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