Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Gambia Internet Embargo

On 30 November 2016, ahead of presidential elections the following day, The Gambian government blocked all Internet services as well as incoming and outgoing international phone calls.  On 2 December 2016 President Yahya Jammeh reversed his decision to accept the election results that made Adama Barrow President, and declared new elections would be held due to “serious and unacceptable abnormalities.” A highly credible Wapack Lab source stated urging from foreign leaders prompted the swearing in of Barrow at The Gambian Embassy in neighboring Senegal. On 21 January 2017 Jammeh agreed to step down and leave the country; social media users reported messaging apps on at least one of the top 3 service providers in the country were unblocked. 

Wapack Labs has reported on The Gambia in the past. An archive of related reporting can be found in the Red Sky Alliance portal in the Red Sky Alliance Portal.

SERIAL: TR-015-2017 
REPORT DATE: 20170125