Imagine you woke up one day to find out there was no internet connection — no easy access to news sites, social media, or messaging services. Moreover, imagine that it happened when your country was in crisis. That’s what the Sudanese people experienced just a few days ago.
On October 25, the Sudanese military took over the government in a violent military coup. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s military leader, overthrew the existing government and detained its few senior members, including the prime minister Abdalla Hamdok.
On the same day following the turmoil, Sudan woke up without internet and mobile network access. The internet went down from the early morning until the late evening of October 25. The outage affected all the major internet providers.
The internet outage is linked to the pro-government demonstrations in Sudan. Those behind the coup most likely initiated it to disrupt the flow of information about the events taking place in the country. The tension in Sudan is rising as pro-military forces are blocking the roads and access to Khartoum, its capital.
The current situation is reminiscent of a tragic incident from the 2019 military coup, initiated by the same general. On that occasion, internet traffic was suspended to prevent global awareness of violent actions against the protesters during the Khartoum massacre.
Internet shutdowns are frequent in countries with restricted freedom of speech during turbulent political events. It helps authorities control the flow of information and suppress the communication between the opposition and protesters. Here are some other similar cases of internet shutdowns:
Here are a few tips on how to fight censorship:
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