Zimbabwe protests: Social media blocking and internet blackouts

By : January 23, 2019 No Comments

Last week, protests erupted in Zimbabwe in response to the government’s announcement that the price of fuel would more than double. According to Zimbabwe’s government, the price hikes aim to avert fuel shortages and to crackdown on the illegal trading of fuel. The new prices, however, mean that Zimbabwe now has the most expensive fuel in the world. Zimbabwe’s fuel protests lasted for three days (14th to 17th January 2019), during which 12.

Zimbabwean election website blocked following 2018 general elections

By : August 10, 2018 No Comments

Ahead of Zimbabwe’s July 30, many people wondered if whoever is in charge would keep the internet on, given that internet shutdowns and blackouts have become a trend in Africa, particularly around elections. While the anticipated internet disruptions did not happen as expected, there were other interesting developments. Riots erupted last week in Harare as election results delayed, prompting concerns of internet censorship events being triggered. Internet censorship has been measured in Zimbabwe all along (since 2016).