Saturday, January 19, 2019

Zimbabwe banned Social Networks


Zimbabwe's government has closed the most common social networks in the country while trying to eliminate serious protests against the rise in product costs and unemployment.
Banned networks include Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp which were widely used to connect the people and encourage them to participate in the protest.
The United Nations Human Rights Institute has reported that 12 people have lost lives since the protests and that there are a number of injuries including some victims of security forces being accused of being a group of protesters.
Zimbabwe's Human Rights Forum, which is one of the non-governmental organizations, protests the ban on the debut of the networks, claiming that it is about blocking the voice of the people.
The United Nations has called upon the Zimbabwean government not to exaggerate.
"The Medical Association [Zimbabwe] has said that more than 60 people have been treated in hospital due to shooting injury, this is not the right way to prevent protests against the state of the economy," Reuters calls on UN spokesman for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani.
On Thursday, prominent activist, Enan Mawarire, who urged people to go out of labor for three days through a social network, was arrested and charged with a detrimental attack on the Government. If convicted, he may be imprisoned until 20 years in prison in accordance with the laws of the country.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged citizens to settle down while his Government is trying to strengthen the economy, including asking for their support and inviting more investors.
This week, President Mnangagwa was in Russia where he met President Vladimir Putin and asked him to help strengthen the country's economy.


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