Anglophone Cameroon still battling with internet shutdown

The population of the South West and North West regions of Cameroon continue to suffer from internet black out, despite the Ministry of P...

The population of the South West and North West regions of Cameroon continue to suffer from internet black out, despite the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications refuting claims on 27 September that it was planning to shutdown internet in the area.
Last Friday and Saturday, social media access was cut in the English-speaking regions even though it was only limited to social media platforms like Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook.
On Sunday October 1, the entire system was shutdown in the area in a move aimed at restricting the dissemination of information during independence protests in the Anglophone regions.

The people of the area are uncertain when internet will be restored.

This becomes the second internet blackout this year in Cameroon, with the first being a total blackout in the Anglophone regions in January. 

It was only lifted in April 2017 after over three months. The reason for the earlier blackout was because of claims by government that social media was actively being used to spread false information.

A recent report said internet blackouts on the continent cost governments millions of dollars. Most businesses in the region were hampered by the government’s move to cut internet following the Anglophone protests.

The internet shutdown drew condemnation all over the world, with many using the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurInternet. At the time, the blackout affected civil servants, with the government instructing banks to pay them manually since ATMs services were also suspended.

The English speaking population of Cameroon are largely against discrimination by the Francophone majority

French is spoken in eight of Cameroon’s 10 regions and English in the North West and South West regions. The Anglophone regions are calling for authorities to stop imposing French on their educational and legal systems.

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