The government of Chad has shut down access to the internet for almost one year, losing more than $20 million in the process

The tactics, analyst, believe was part of measures to keep President Idris Déby in office until 2033.

Chad's President Idriss Deby announcing an amnesty programme last May
  • Chad, one of the poorest Africa nations, has been cut off from the internet for almost one year.
  • Internet users in Chad are decreasing and pose a greater concern for citizens' right of expression.
  • Analyst believes was part of measures to keep President Idris Déby in office until 2033.

While some people cannot do without the internet for one minute, Chad, one of the poorest Africa nations, has been cut off from the internet for almost one year.

Since March 2018, local telecom operators have imposed internet restriction on the citizens by the order of the government.

According to estimates by Internet Sans Frontières, a similar censorship operation in 2016 cost the nation up to $20.2 million.

The tactics, analyst, believse was part of measures to keep President Idris Déby in office until 2033 following a tense political moment when a national conference by politicians and traditional chiefs recommended constitutional changes in his favour.

In a report by Internet Without Borders, access to large social media platforms in Chad is only possible through the use of VPNs for few and which serve to circumvent censorship.

As internet users are increasing across various African nation, users in Chad are decreasing and pose a greater concern for the right of expression of citizens.

In January, Internet Without Borders launched an online campaign against the Chadian government to press home demand for the restoration of internet using the hashtag #Maalla_Gatetou, meaning “why pull the plug?” in Chadian Arabic.

Abdelkerim Yacoub Koundougoumi, Head of Central African Section for Internet Without Borders, said, “Online repression and digital lockdowns clearly show that the Chadian authorities are taking an increasingly repressive approach to the internet. If nothing is done, we stand to lose the democratic progress that the internet has secured in countries all over the world, especially in Africa.”

African nations are known for frequent shut down of the internet in the wake of protest and other anti-government demonstration.

In its 2018 edition of the Digital Rights in Africa report, Paradigm Initiative highlighted how governments across Africa have transitioned from solely brutal tactics of arrests, Internet and social media app disruptions, and imprisonment to more refined, subtle and apparently “legal’’ approaches - or those that supposedly respect the “rule of law’’ - in stifling digital rights in Africa.”

Get our Top Stories delivered to your inbox

Welcome to the Pulse Community! We will now be sending you a daily newsletter on news, entertainment and more. Also join us across all of our other channels - we love to be connected!

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Pulse Influencer Awards 2022 is Live!

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Dance

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Mathias Pogba brands Paul Pogba 'a so-called Muslim steeped in witchcraft' amid fetish claims about Kylian Mbappe

Mathias Pogba brands Paul Pogba 'a so-called Muslim steeped in witchcraft' amid fetish claims about Kylian Mbappe

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job