The Committee to Shield Journalists joined 41 different human rights, free expression, and expertise organizations in a letter to Zambian President Edgar Lungu, calling on him to make sure that the web and digital communications stay uninterrupted all through Zambia’s August 12 normal election interval.
Within the letter, dated August 5, members of the #KeepItOn coalition towards web shutdowns stated that within the lead-up to the elections, authorities had already launched a variety of legal guidelines, together with the Cybersecurity and Cyber Crimes Act, 2021, the Information Safety Act, 2021, and the Digital Communications and Transactions Act, 2021, that would improve the federal government’s management of Zambia’s on-line civic area.
Among the many letter’s suggestions, it urged Lungu to make sure “full web entry nationwide and chorus from arbitrarily blocking entry to social media platforms comparable to Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Fb, and web sites of media shops all through the election interval and thereafter.”
The letter notes that following the 2016 normal elections, native media shops reported at the very least two days of web shutdowns and slowdowns in components of Zambia.
Learn the complete letter here.