Following reports of a nationwide block on mobile internet access in Mauritania, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition strongly condemn these actions and urgently demand that the authorities take immediate action to reconnect the country, ensuring that everybody regains access to essential online services.
The internet shutdown reportedly targeted mobile internet while fixed internet (WiFi) remains functional. This deliberate restriction on internet access follows two days of widespread protests ignited by the killing of a young man at the Sebkha police station.
Mauritanian authorities have a history of employing internet shutdowns during crucial periods. In 2019, internet access was restricted after a fiercely contested presidential election. Earlier this year, mobile internet was abruptly cut off following the escape of four prisoners from a prison in Nouakchott.
The Mauritanian government must immediately restore full internet connectivity for all.