PPF condemns the internet shutdown in Liberia

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to George Weah, President of Liberia has expressed concern over the internet shutdown in Liberia following the protests in Monrovia on June 7, 2019.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter has condemned the internet disruption in Liberia and termed it an attack of freedom of expression. PPF also urged the concerned authorities to restore the social media websites.

According to Center for Media Studies & Peace Building (CEMESP), the social media websites including the Facebook has been inaccessible in Liberia using the two GSM service providers Lone Star and Orange. The websites of newspapers, including the daily Frontpage Africa have also been intruded.

Though some internet users with the broadbands facility have claimed that they have access to the internet.

Several Liberians have assumed that the internet shutdown could be linked to the government’s reluctance towards critical and provocative comments and contents with potential resulting to a major inferno in reversing the peace.

However, the internet service providers and current government of Liberia has not yet reacted or commented on the issue.