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[liberationtech] Burundi

Richard Brooks rrb at
Tue May 19 10:24:20 PDT 2015

>From an informed acquaintance talking with people
on the ground:

"No local journalists are allowed to cover the demonstrations and
foreign journalists have now too been banned from covering
demonstrations "for their own safety".

This isn't a West Africa thing, but we see the same patterns repeating
themselves all over Francophone Africa. What is really new, whether in
Togo, Burundi or DR Congo is how well the regimes have learnt to
effectively block online news sites and social media applications
whenever there is an election in the air."

On 05/19/2015 01:00 PM, Brian Conley wrote:
> Yep, but they aren't technically offline. Yaga Burundi for example may
> not be posting regularly on their site, but they are coordinating online
> and members are posting via twitter and other means.
> With today's announcement that the President will not seek revenge but
> only prosecute those involved the coup, individuals are cautiously
> hopeful, but we'll see what happens next.
> Also, I don't believe all those social media are still blocked, or
> perhaps they were unblocked during the coup and reblocked.
> Brian
> On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 1:27 AM, Eric S Johnson <crates at
> <mailto:crates at>> wrote:
>     From a Burundi friend:
>     “Bloggers are off line because of their physical security. On police
>     checkpoints they check phones, laptop,...
>     Police monitor what people are writing now.
>     Many well-known bloggers fled the country or are hidden for their
>     security.
>     4 private media have been burnt and other forced to close!
>     I myself didn't reach Burundi. I am in Kigali.
>     Not imprisonment until now.
>     social media such as Face book, whatsapp, viber are blocked. People use
>     VPN”
>     On May 18, 2015 7:19 AM, "Richard Brooks" <rrb at
>     <mailto:rrb at>
>     <mailto:rrb at <mailto:rrb at>> > wrote:
>     We have noticed that Burundi bloggers are off-line. No
>     doubt related to the President's crack down after the
>     failed coup.
>     Does anyone have any news as to whether this silence is
>     due to:
>     -Internet blackout?
>     -Physical threat/imprisonment?
>     -Fear?
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R. R. Brooks

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