first_imgNews Follow the news on Cameroon CameroonAfrica Reporters Without Borders is having difficulty establishing whether Cameroonian mobile phone operator MTN’s Twitter via SMS service has finally been restored after being blocked for about 10 days at the government’s behest. Contradictory statements are being made.Many Tweets yesterday suggested the service had been restored in practice. And when reached by phone, telecommunications minister Jean-Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam seemed to confirm this to Reporters Without Borders: “It is not suspended. The measure has been lifted. I have nothing more to say on the subject.”But an MTN representative said the contrary today. “The service is interrupted for the time being,” she said. “It is currently unavailable. If you read on the Internet that Twitter has been restored, that is not the information we have.”“We condemn this lack of transparency and fear its implications for online freedom of expression in Cameroon,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope the blocking of Twitter via SMS is not a prelude to other kinds of censorship of mobile phone services or tighter controls on the Internet. Everything suggests that the authorities are trying to stop microblogging. We deplore the apparent readiness to impose censorship for the least reason, especially when the target is the peaceful expression of opinions.”MTN Cameroon announced the suspension of its Twitter via SMS service on 8 March “for reasons beyond our control.” The service enabled its mobile phone clients to posts Tweets by sending an SMS to the number 8711. There has been no interruption in access to Twitter via the Internet in Cameroon.After initially blaming a technical problem, MTN admitted that it had blocked the service on orders from the government. MTN’s head of information, Georges Mpoudi, tweeted on the day of the suspension: “We can’t comment further than ‘security reasons’ on #government instructions for #SMSTweets suspension.” Communication minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Agence France-Presse on 11 March: “I am not aware of all aspects of the situation but I can tell you one thing, that it is the government’s job to protect the nation.”So far, social networks do not have many participants in Cameroon and Facebook, for example, is used by only 1.5 per cent of the population. Only around 50 people were affected by the suspension of MTN’s Twitter via SMS service but it prompted a great deal of comment and protests by Twitter users, especially on the #SMSTweet hashtag.The suspension of the service, coming as it did after demonstrations against President Paul Biya at the end of February, has prompted fears of an attempt by the Cameroonian government to suppress the use of social networks, which have played a crucial role in the political unrest in the Arab world.With a presidential election due in October, 2011 will be a crucial year for Cameroon and Reporters Without Borders will be paying close attention to respect for media freedom and the free flow of information online. News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system CameroonAfrica May 31, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blocked for more than 10 days, is Twitter via SMS in the process of being restored? Receive email alertscenter_img News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Organisation RSF_en Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case to go further News May 19, 2021 Find out more April 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgFacebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Dr Ed Walsh surveys the final work on the Ilen after the last plank was laid.THEY laid the last plank, and so a ship was rebuilt.Last Saturday, the long tradition of wooden shipbuilding reached a significant milestone when the final deck plank on the sailing vessel Ilen was laid at a traditional ceremony hosted by the Limerick Ilen Project.The project, whose primary goal was to bring Ireland’s sole surviving wooden sailing ship back to Limerick, was completed in fine style after six years of education and practice in a near forgotten craft.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 1926, the Ilen which was Ireland’s sole surviving wooden sailing ship, sailed from Limerick to an active 70 year working life in the South Atlantic. The completion of the new all-weather deck last weekend marked the final stage of her remarkable return to her home port.The Illen project organisers say that the rebuild highlights the high quality of the materials used, the exemplary craftsmanship and, most significantly, the marine educational role the vessel will play when she goes into operation on the Shannon Estuary, and beyond, from her new home port.Brother Anthony Keane of Glenstal Abbey, a key promoter of the Ilen Project, officiated at the ceremony and said that what has been achieved so far showed that there was not only a great work ethic in the Ilen Project but also a spiritual commitment to the work being done.“This is an amazing act of faith and commitment come to fruition. This boat, and the people involved with it, rock. It is heading for the sea, like a salmon, and it will not be stopped, even if some of the financial people have still to solve their problems of calculus and apply their mathematics.”Guest speaker at the ceremony was acclaimed film maker Lord David Puttnam who said that “the project underlined what could be done by a determined community.“It also demonstrated that the skills involved and which were being taught, were the skills that younger people could learn, use and remain in their community, without having to leave, and thus strengthen communities. This is a message from the Ilen project.”Dr Edward Walsh, founding president of the University of Limerick, told of how he had, at the outset of the project, exhorted all to simply “go ahead and buy the boat” and “pretend” that the money was there. It was a now a source of great pride for him to see how it had advanced so far. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleOpinion – Anthony Foley – RIP Munster’s WarriorNext articleLimerick firm tees up a new approach to golfing holidays Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Twitter NewsLast plank laid to bridge a 90 year South Atlantic sailing adventureBy Staff Reporter – October 20, 2016 809 Printcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSIlenlimerick Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Emaillast_img read more