Restrict internet

Kenya has become the 12th African nation to restrict internet access amidst political unrest, according to Surfshark’s Internet Shutdown Tracker. The country experienced its first recorded internet shutdown on June 25, 2024, coinciding with widespread protests over tax hikes.

This incident marks a concerning trend in Africa, with the continent ranking second globally in the number of internet restrictions since 2015, following only Asia. Recent examples include Senegal, which also experienced internet disruptions amid political tensions.

Surfshark’s data reveals that there have been 57 internet restrictions in Africa in response to protests since 2015, affecting 11 different countries. Sudan tops the list with 13 instances, followed by Ethiopia with 12 and Senegal with 8.

The shutdown in Kenya has drawn criticism from human rights advocates who argue that it violates the right to freedom of expression and access to information. Additionally, the restriction has negatively impacted businesses that rely on the internet for daily operations.

The Kenyan government has yet to comment on the shutdown, but this incident underscores a growing concern about internet freedom in Africa and the potential for governments to utilize internet restrictions as a tool to control dissent and suppress political opposition.

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