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Apr27

Election monitoring site, Sudan Vote Monitor, was blocked for six days last week. Reporters Without Border reported about the site being blocked and called for total unblocking. Civil society leaders in Sudan have accused the government of blocking access to the site.

Sudan Vote Monitor is a platform set up by Sudanese civil society using open source software, Ushahidi, to monitor elections in the country. The site enables citizens to report election irregularities. This past week, Sudanese civil society leaders accused the Sudanese government of blocking the independent monitoring site. Likewise, Save Darfur reported that YouTube was being blocked in Sudan after the posting of a video that allegedly showed vote rigging in Red Sea State.

According to The Initiative For an Open Arab Internet, The National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) in Sudan has a special unit to filter information accessed by internet users in Sudan, the Tanzanian lawyer and digital activist Ndesanjo Macha reports in his blog on Globalvoices. Blocking of sites in the country started in 2003.

In 2007, 41 websites were blacklisted by the ZANU-PF government in Zimbabwe, which included Global Voices Online. In 2008, Mohammed Keita reported that the website of the Committee to Protect Journalists was blocked in Ethiopia.

OpenNet Initiative reported in September 2009 that Ethiopia implements a filtering regime that blocks access to popular blogs and the Web sites of many news organizations.

For an overview of online censorship efforts related to the social web and major web 2.0 websites, visit Global Voices Advocacy Access Denied Map. Global Voices Advocacy is a project of Global Voices Online, which seeks to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.

Learn more from the Intervew_with_Sudan_Vote_Monitor by Technology for Transparency Network.

By Staff – Afronline

Source: Global Voices Online

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