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European Parliament validates Internet Censorship in Senegal

Bill No. 28/2018 on the Electronic Telecommunications Code was passed in a majority by deputies in the National Assembly, Wednesday, November 28, 2018 … pending its announcement.

a very controversial law regarding control by Artp and an internet operator in Senegal was passed as a letter to the post office in the National Assembly this Wednesday, November 28, on the occasion of a budget vote from the Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications, Post and Digital Economy. Two amendments were rejected and one was not examined, and voila. The majority of lawmakers endorsed what would become, according to many observers, internet censorship in Senegal.

As a reminder, in Article 27, the law threatens Senegal's access to Internet telephone applications: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, etc. The results of such actions will be a severe blow to the country's digital economy and can raise questions of significant progress in Senegal's democratic exhibition.

The last paragraph of Article 27 of the Code of Ethics provides: "Regulatory authorities can ratify or implement traffic management actions deemed appropriate to, among other things, maintain competition in the electronic communication sector and ensure the processing of similar services."

These provisions of the new Code of electronic communication endanger the neutrality of the Net and thus provide ARTP and operators, the power to slow down, filter access to "Over the top" (OTT) which is WhatsApp, FB Messenger, Skype, etc. to protect the interests of cellular operators to the detriment of the interests of users.

This is a provision that can also lead to two-speed internet. One for the rich and the other for the poor in the country where the digital divide is gaping.

This article 27 of the draft law on the Electronic Communication Code is a danger for digital economic development (start-up) and youth active in online media and social networks.

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