High Court has declared Zimbabwe internet blocking as illegal

So last week on the 16th of January, the minister of state in the president's office gave a warrant which led to the total shutdown of the internet in Zimbabwe. In response, MISA (Media Institute for Southern Africa) Zimbabwe along with the Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights made urgent court application challenging the use of the Interception of Communications Act to shutdown the internet for everyone. Now, here is the verdict!

High Court has declared Zimbabwe internet blocking as illegal

So last week on the 16th of January, the minister of state in the president's office gave a warrant which led to the total shutdown of the internet in Zimbabwe.  In response, MISA (Media Institute for Southern Africa) Zimbabwe along with the Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights made urgent court application challenging the use of the Interception of Communications Act to shutdown the internet for everyone. Now, here is the verdict!

The High court has ruled that the Minister of State in the president's office does not have the authority to issue any directives. Consequently, it means that the directives to shutdown the internet are now invalid, perhaps reversed! The court did not rule on the constitutionality of the Interception of Communications Act today.

 

The court has ruled that Minister of State does not have the authority to issue any directives. This means that the directives to shutdown the Internet are now reversed! The court did not rule on the constitutionality of the Interception of Communications Act today.

— MISAZimbabwe (@misazimbabwe) Click To Read Tweet

 

Just In: High Court rules that all internet & social media services be restored in the interim, as Min of State Security had no authority to issue the directive to shutdown services.

Directive could only have been issued by Pres @edmnangagwa #ZimInternetShutdown

— C. Mambo

So what's next? If the orders were unconstitutional, it means that Zimbabwe should see unrestricted access to the internet including access to other blocked platforms such as twitter, facebook and whatsapp. When will this access be granted? We don'nt Know! Has the president advocated for unrestricted internet access? Perhaps yes.

 


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