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DW News published this video item, entitled “Africa’s internet & social media bans: Censorship or public service? | DW News” – below is their description.
From bans on social media sites, to internet blackouts and harassment campaigns against journalists – increasingly governments across Africa are making it harder to speak out.
Last year there were more than 20 shutdowns across a dozen countries. In Chad a block on social media lasted over a year.
This year, authorities in Niger, Congo and Senegal cut access to the internet during elections and protests. Now, after blocking Twitter, Nigeria says social media companies must be licensed by the broadcasting commission.
And in Rwanda, Human Rights organizations warn that the repression is more targeted. More than 20 bloggers and YouTubers have been detained or disappeared within the past year.DW News YouTube Channel
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Chad, officially known as the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in north-central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon to the south-west, Nigeria to the southwest (at Lake Chad), and Niger to the west.
The capital N’Djamena is the largest city. Chad’s official languages are Arabic and French. Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. Islam (51.8%) and Christianity (44.1%) are the main religions practiced in Chad.
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Like other post-colonial African states, the country includes a wide mix of ethnic and linguistic communities, with the largest being the Wolof, Fula, and Serer people, and the Wolof and French languages acting as lingua francas.