Internet shutdown in Zimbabwe

The government of Zimbabwe blocked access to social media platforms and the Internet, according to Internet users in the country. The shutdown came after five people had been killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in protests against a recent increase in the price of fuel in Zimbabwe. On 16 January, Econet, one of the largest internet services provider in Zimbabwe, confirmed that it had halted users’ internet access on government orders. On the same day, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting denied the shutdown occurred and stated that that Internet users were just experiencing congestion.