Digital Rights in Africa Amid Combat COVID-19 Pandemic

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Follow the CIPESA (@cipesaug) hashtag #InternetFreedomAfrica which has a Twitter thread on Covid-19 developments from around the continent.


 

Cape Verde

The country is offering significant discounts on #mobiledata in the wake to fight Covid-19 pandemic

 

Ethiopia

Internet shutdown and disruption of phone services amidst Corona virus pandemic in Oromia
Ethiopia restores internet in Oromia
Ethiopia postponed presidential election scheduled for August due to Covid-19 pandemic

 

Guinea

Social Media blackout

 

Kenya

Safaricom Waives M-Pesa fees in a wake of Corona virus pandemic
Longhorn Publishers has provided free access to its curriculum platform to support continued learning for the period that schools will remain closed
Kenya has been warned against #trolling one of the reported first #COVID19 patients in the country whose nudes appeared and shared on social media

 

Mozambique

The country is offering significant discounts on #mobiledata in the wake to fight Covid-19 pandemic

 

Namibia

Some Social Media users suggested naming of report Covid-19 patient

 

Niger

Press freedom calls for Journalist Kaka immediate release
 

Rwanda

Social Media as a tool for #consumerprotection

 

South Africa

The government has set up an automated @WhatsApp group to provide credible and factual details around Covid-19
South Africa sets new regulation Criminalizing Disinformation on Corona virus outbreak
ICASA requested TV Operators to make their services free for the duration of Covid-19
Cell phone operators agreed to release data

 

Uganda

Government has been asked to suspend Social Media Tax and and reduce Mobile Money interest rates by the parliament
Uganda Electoral Commission postponed election of special group due to Covid-19
Government has been asked to waive off OTT

 

Zambia

Zambia has joined other countrys (Kenya and Rwanda) in promoting cashless transaction in a bid to handle Covid-19

 

Zimbabwe

Government gazetted tough new laws that could see people spending up to 20 years in prision for spreading fake news on Covid-19 pandemic

 

Rest of Africa

CPJ asked Africa heads of state to release jailed journalists
‘Restricting freedom of association and assembly during corona virus outbreak, African governments should be mindful of abuse

Please Follow the CIPESA (@cipesaug) hashtag #InternetFreedomAfrica which has a Twitter thread on Covid-19 developments from around the continent.