As the people of Liberia prepare to vote on October 10, President George Weah’s administration must ensure that the election process is inclusive, free, and fair — starting with upholding access to information and avenues for free expression via the internet.
Through an open letter, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition are demanding that the internet, including social media and other digital communication platforms, remains open, accessible, and secure across Liberia.
In 2019, following anti-corruption protests against the government, authorities restricted access to popular social media platforms including X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp across the country.
Ahead of, during, and beyond the upcoming elections, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition urge authorities to:
- Publicly assure the people of Liberia that the internet, including social media and other digital communication platforms, will remain open, accessible, and secure across Liberia;
- Order internet service providers to guarantee high-quality, secure, and unrestricted internet access; and
- Order internet service providers to keep people informed of potential disruptions and take all reasonable steps to fix any identified disruptions likely to impact their quality of service.