New Price For Internet Users 'Restricts Speech' In Madagascar

Researcher at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy Harinjaka Andriankoto Ratozamanana has criticized the "unexpected internet price hike" because it makes accessing online resources difficult for Malagasy citizens "who do not have the necessary purchasing power".

Ratozamanana writes that there are fears that the price hike, which has heightened the digital divide in the country, is the government's attempt to restrict freedom of expression.

"Madagascar is going through a period in which opposition protests, debates on the president's dual nationality, and disputes concerning his re-election have been vigorously suppressed", he said.

A market in Antananarivo.

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