Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition are demanding
that the government of Burkina Faso reinstate internet access for all, and without exception.
It has now been five days since authorities shut down the internet on November 20, citing vague “public safety” and “national defence”
reasons. Today, the Kaboré government has extended the blackout
until November 27.
“The #KeepItOn coalition is outraged that the government of Burkina Faso shut down the internet,” said Felicia Anthonio, Campaigner and #KeepItOn Lead at Access Now. “Authorities made a bad decision earlier this week when they disconnected millions, but today’s 96-hour extension
truly reflects their blatant contempt for human rights.”
The government shut down the internet as demonstrators blocked a French military convoy
travelling through the city of Kaya. This appears to be the first time authorities in Burkina Faso have shut down the
internet, but there is a global trend
of governments interfering with connectivity during protests and civil unrest.
“More and more governments are shutting down the internet to silence dissent all across the globe,” said Marianne Díaz Hernández, #KeepItOn Fellow at Access Now. “They are afraid of the power of the people. We will not let them quash democracy.”