ABUJA, Nigeria, March 15, 2019 – The Committee to Protect Journalists this week joined at least 79 rights organizations to urge African Union and United Nations experts to take action to end the government of Chad’s nearly year-long block on social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. The letters, addressed respectively to the African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, emphasized how network disruptions “limit the ability of journalists to report safely and for citizens to access information,” among other consequences.
“We have to circumvent censorship on social networks using virtual private networks [VPNs]….Journalists have to wriggle for hours to post articles online,” Moussa Nguedmbaye, editorial coordinator for the privately owned, N’djaména-based news website Tchad Infos, told CPJ in January 2019. “Social networks are a way to reach the most readers….Before the block on social networks, each article reached four to five thousand readers. With this block we do not even reach two thousand. The blockage really reduced the traffic.”
The letters to the special rapporteurs can be found here: African Union Special Rapporteur Lawrence Murugu Mute and UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye.
Press Release No 003 / BC / 2016″whistle citizen”
Your “citizen” whistle whistle for the end of bad governance and whistle at the beginning of the rotation for the reorganization of the Republican and democratic values in Chad. On the eve of a fateful day that marks the official launch of the operation of the citizen and civic concept of “whistle citizen”, The “I whistle, so I’m alternating”, The Coalition enough is enough, camojet, Grail-Chad as well as all other platforms sisters of the interior and the diaspora call all citizens of Chad with liberty, of social peace, of the Republican and democratic values to participate massively to this action A citizen who is in this day of 10 March 2015, to whistle for 15 minutes starting from 5 Hours 30 minutes and 15 minutes in the evening from 21 hours.
By making this gesture citizen, you’re whistling the end injustice, impunity, nepotism, cronyism, favoritism, corruption, of your misery, your daily suffering to get your next meal, bribery, embezzlement of Public Funds, the freezing of integration to the public service, censorship and Wild Mills, communications, social networks by the government in complicity with the mobile phone companies, short of bad governance which you asphyxiation and a whistle and thus for the alternation In 2016.
In Active citizen who wants to contribute to the real change in your country, so you’re the referee central of democratic game for the grand championship of alternation, Edition 2016. A gesture so simple but who gives a strong message to the actors of political life Of your country which must take into account your deepest aspirations for a rotation this year. The change, it is now and the main actor unavoidable, it’s you.
The whistle citizen that’s out the hardship, abuse, violations, the exclusion of all kinds and the harmful effects of democratic decline by the blast, whistling. The Breath Liberator of internal pain, the whistle which becomes voice, the voice of freedom who will be born of your courage! The Whistle, it is simply the citizen who referee, it is the people who referee. With your “whistle citizen”, You’re whistling the end of 25 years of governance at trial and error and a whistle and the beginning of the alternation in 2016.
With your “whistle citizen”, Express your anger from your home, without taking the risk of making you molestation, as you have done so well during the day “Villes Mortes” of 24 February 2016, away from your killers armed with your money against you , to kill you! With your “whistle citizen” you just bring your tear gas citizen which allows you to fizzle out, to stifle a system already dying who you asphyxiation.
With your “whistle citizen” you become the referee central of alternation in 2016! Beyond a one-time event, as a citizen in a country where no choice do you is given to get out and walk peacefully in order to express yourself, you have to make this valuable concept of “whistle citizen” that allows you to express yourself freely when There is need for it and the way you want.
Has your ” Whistles citizens ” For tomorrow, 10 March 2016, from 5 Hours 30 minutes to 5 hours of 45 and 21 hours to 21 hours 15 minutes. This is the 15 times two sequences that are 30 minutes for a start! Be the main actor of change and don’t stay on the sidelines of this beautiful story takes shape for the well-being of all and all. The Alternation you suck inevitably, it’s your precious breath that you use for whistling in your “whistle citizen” everywhere and every time that need to be.
Done at n ‘ Djamena, on 9 March 2016
Mrs Narmadji Celine