Digital rights advocates Access Now tweeted that they heard reports of an internet shutdown in Sudan. Thus, they asked for a confirmation whether it’s true.

As some of Twitter users wrote, two main internet service providers (ISPs), Zain Sudan and MTN Sudan, completely blocked access to social media, including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc. On to of that, some of them claim that the ISPs cut off network connections sometimes too. In order to bypass this censorship, people have been using VPNs.

User under name @Haena981 wrote: “Yes it happened, Zain blocked the ports of social media.. and sometimes they cut off the network, and we have a bad conection.. now we are using (VPN) to access the internet.”

This is how it looks like if you want to access Twitter in Sudan, thanks to user@aasimkhalid0:

Sudan’s authoritarian president Omar al-Bashir and his National Congress Party (NCP) have been relying on repression and censorship to maintain their power. According to the democracy freedom watchdog Freedom House, Sudan’s internet is not free, and the authorities have been accused of restricting access whenever they feel threatened.

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