Media File | Sudan Shuts Down Social Media to Undermine Protests

Since December, Sudanese government authorities have been blocking access to social media, a key tool for organizing anti-government protests.

Though triggered by an economic crisis due to rising bread prices and other essential commodities, protests are now calling for the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, to step down.

Since coming to power in 1989 through a military coup, al-Bashir has continuously suppressed opposition through censorship and weaponized violence.

His rise to power marked the banning of most of the country’s news outlets, along with imprisoning political opponents, banning trade unions and political parties and dissolving the judiciary.

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