RSF urges Mauritania to restore mobile Internet

first_img Mobile Internet service was disconnected yesterday, one day after the presidential election’s first round, and had still not been restored at midday today.According to RSF’s information, mobile Internet went down in the middle of the afternoon, on June 23rd, shortly after the opposition staged a demonstration to dispute the official result, according to which the ruling party presidential candidate won the first round outright, dispensing with the need for a second round runoff.“Censuring mobile Internet access and preventing the flow of information the day after voting in a presidential election that will supposedly lead to the first handover between two democratically elected presidents casts doubt on the election’s credibility and sends a very bad signal about press freedom in Mauritania,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We firmly condemn such practices, which deprive journalists of an indispensable work tool and all Mauritanians of vital access to online news and information. We urge the authorities to restore the Internet in its entirety at once.”On the eve of the election, RSF and 11 other NGOS addressed an open letter to outgoing President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz urging him to free Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir, a blogger who has been detained for the past five and a half years and who is now being held illegally, in defiance of a court ruling.Mauritania is ranked 94th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News MauritaniaAfrica Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expression News Receive email alerts July 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information MauritaniaAfrica Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expression Mohamed Vall Ould Bellal, president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, attends a press conference in Nouakchoot on June 23, 2019. Sia KAMBOU / AFP Organisation Newscenter_img News June 24, 2019 RSF urges Mauritania to restore mobile Internet May 20, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mauritania Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s suspension of mobile Internet service in Mauritania, which is restricting the circulation of news and information about the country’s presidential election and is liable to undermine its credibility. Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post to go further March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img