WhatsApp temporarily banned in Afghan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Nov 2017 10:55:13



IN A move that can curb “freedom of expression”, the Afghanistan Government has asked several private telecommunication companies to suspend WhatsApp and Telegram instant messaging services in the country. Although the apps, popular among the country’s elite, were still working on private telecom operators on Friday, customers of Salaam Telecom, a government-owned service provider, reported that both apps had stopped working for them, The ‘New York Times’ reported late on Friday.

“It is wrong and illegal,” Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Executive Director of Nai, a group that campaigns for free speech, was quoted as saying.
“According to the Constitution, freedom of expression is inviolable in Afghanistan.

“WhatsApp and Telegram are tools of free speech — if the government bans them, it means that tomorrow they could stand against media in Afghanistan too,” he added.
The clarity on the reason for the temporary ban was not obtained but on Thursday, the Deputy Director of the telecoms regulatory authority told the BBC that the ban was due to “security concerns”