Mauritania looking to tighten internet control

7 Jul 2021

The president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, has warned of a further tightening of state control of internet usage, prompting criticism from human rights bodies. A report from Ecofin says the President is looking to strengthen the cybercrime law which was passed in 2016. He claims online platforms are being used ‘to undermine public stability, spread false rumours or spread hatred and incite social groups against others’. The law has already been used to imprison bloggers and political activists.