President Ali Bongo must keep the internet accessible throughout Gabon’s entire general election process — regardless of the outcome. Read Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition’s open letter demanding open internet access.
Up for re-election, President Ali Bongo’s family has ruled Gabon for over 50 years. The incumbent has a history of shutting down the internet during times of national political engagement, including in 2016 during protests against the President’s re-election, and again in 2019, following an attempted military coup. In 2021, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition received reports of an internet throttling during protests related to government COVID measures.
The letter signatories urge authorities to:
- Publicly assure the people of Gabon that the internet, including social media and other digital communication platforms, will remain open, accessible, and secure across Gabon;
- Order internet service providers to guarantee high-quality, secure, and unrestricted internet access; and
- Order internet service providers to keep people informed of any potential disruptions, and to take all reasonable steps to fix any identified disruptions likely to impact their quality of service.