June 5, 2014
Central African Republic bans text messages amid violence, protests
The Central African Republic has issued a nationwide ban on text messages after the government learned that protests were being organized that way. [via The Washington Times]
The use of any SMS by all mobile phone subscribers is suspended from Monday June 2, 2014, until further notice,” the telecommunications ministry said Tuesday, citing a decision by Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke, Agence France-Presse reported. Mobile subscribers in the conflict-torn country who try to send text messages are getting the response: “SMS not allowed.”Read more.
The ban comes after days of violent demonstrations in CAR’s capital of Bangui, and a mass SMS campaign calling for a general strike. Mr. Nzapayeke had made an appeal on Sunday for people to stop demonstrating in Bangui and return to work, AFP reported.
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