The restriction on internet services is an act of despotism and an obvious hostility against the freedom of speech

Sunday June 4, 2017

Statement No: 183

After the suicide attack on last Wednesday and its subsequent protests and demonstrations, there has been serious problems in providing internet services at least in Kabul.

Most of the users complain about slow internet and the users of social networks say that this network has been subjected to numerous limitations.  

Afghanistan’s National Journalists Union (ANJU) believes that slowing down internet speed and limiting access to social networks is not a coincidence and some circles in the government intentionally want to prevent the free flow of information. 

We believe that in present circumstances, it’s better to let the people’s voice heard rather than preventing their protests. ANJU as a member of federation of journalists and media organizations of Afghanistan is committed to the federation’s statement issued yesterday, and does not believe that the misuse of social networks to be in the best interest of the people. 

Nevertheless from ANJU’s perspective, if the voice of people is not heard, they will opt for violent means. 

ANJU asks the Afghan government, especially the ministry of communication and IT to remove the restrictions on the usage of internet and social networks as soon as possible. 

We affirm that any kind of restrictions in this regard is an obvious hostility against freedom of speech and the established rights of the citizens, and in case of its recurrence we will demand legal prosecution of its perpetrators.