Social media channels blocked in Uganda

Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp were blocked today by Ugandan authorities

The disputed decision was taken during President Yoweri Museveni, 71, was reelected for another five years mandate.

The opposition claims that the vote was rigged. Consequently, public protests led to significant arrests, including opposition leader Kizza Besigye.

Ugandan officials deny accusations and say that the vote was clean and that they did not censored their citizens the right to free speech.

Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director of Uganda’s telecommunications regulator declared that authorities had asked social media websites to be blocked “to limit the possibility of terrorists taking advantage” of official visits during elections. Live television and radio coverage of protests were also banned.

Nevertheless, according to the EU monitors, the elections in Uganda lacked independence and transparency.