Democratic Republic of Congo continues with internet shutdown


The DRC on Monday became the latest country to cut its people off from the internet, as voters await the results of highly-contested presidential election.

Internet and social media shutdowns have become more and more common across Africa and Asia in recent years, particularly as authoritarian governments look to China as the model for controlling what people can say and do online.

Speaking to Reuters Tuesday, a senior adviser to DRC President Joseph Kabila, said internet and text messaging services were shut down to preserve public order after “fictitious results” were circulated on social media.

Barnabe Kikaya bin Karubi told the news agency that the country would remain offline until full results were published on January 6.


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