Malawi blocks Facebook, news websites amid riots

Malawi blocks Facebook, news websites amid riots

Soldiers are manning the streets.

The government of Malawi has shut down news websites and social media networks including Twitter and Facebook and has blocked signals from radio stations in a bid to stop the coordination of demonstrations that have so far left more than 18 people dead.

The Malawian government, through the telecom sector regulator, the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA), this week ordered ISPs (Internet service providers) to shut down and radio stations to desist from live broadcasts of the protests, claiming such coverage may incite violence.

The Nyasa Times website, a U.K.-based news website, has this week experienced massive and repeated distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks that brought down its servers and disrupted its coverage of the protests.

The U.S. government has condemned the blocking of social media networks in Malawi as well as the ban imposed on radio stations.

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