Addis Ababa — Algeria and Ethiopia’s governments were responsible for the most documented incidents of internet shutdowns in Africa in 2019, when such episodes climbed almost 50%, according to advocacy group Access Now.

Algeria had six incidents and Ethiopia experienced four, the group said in a report. Benin, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Gabon and Liberia appeared on the list for the first time. In total the continent had 25 occurrences in 2019, eight more than the previous year, as governments tried to control the “free flow of information, deny people their right to access information and free expression,” it said...

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