Internet shutdown in Benin

Ish Sookun

Benin's government blocked access to the internet ahead of the general elections on Sunday 28 April 2019.

Initially only social networks were blocked and users turned to VPNs to be able to access services such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, and Instagram. Hours later a full internet shutdown in the country was reported.

Last year Benin's government made headlines when officials proposed a law to tax the use of social media. The decision was reversed after the government faced both local and international outcry. Digital rights advocates lobbied against the levy using the hashtag #Taxepamesmo (“Don’t tax my megabytes”).