Monday, 24 April 2017

After 3 Months Blackout, Internet Restored in Anglophone Cameroon

The Cameroonian government has restored the internet to the English-speaking regions of the country after a three-month blackout.

The internet was cut in January after a violent protest over marginalisation and imposition of French in schools and courts. The government accused the protesters of using social media to share anti-government messages.

The government after lifting the ban said: “We reserve the right to take measures to stop the internet once again if used as a tool to stoke hatred and division among Cameroonians”.

Anglophone Cameroonians make up about 20% of the country’s 23 million population.

Communications and the economy were badly affected by the shutdown.

The U.N. Secretary-General's special representative to Central Africa, Francois Lonseny Fall, last week visited Cameroon. He called for a dialogue to address the tensions and restore the the internet.

Image credit: Global Press Journal (Internet in Cameroon)

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