US Sanctions Darken Internet in Congo.

By Georgianne Nienaber



Update January 16:  A spokesperson for the website said today that after additional conversations with, the legal department decided to reactivate the "soleidugraben" domain.  The hosting company cited "technical problems with the script on the website" that are now resolved. Because of the sanctions list, the "M23mars" domain remains closed.


The news of suppression of Internet accounts began with a report by Jeune Afrique on December 1, 2012. Facebook had suspended the pages of leaders of the Congolese political/rebel movement, Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23/CRA), citing complaints from the NGO "Friends of the Congo," based in Washington, DC.


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