Source: Michael Malakata, Computer World

The U.S. government has suspended a US$350 million aid package to Malawi in response to repressive moves by the Malawian government that resulted in 19 deaths and the blocking of social media networks including Twitter, Facebook and news websites in a bid to quell protests that rocked the country last week.

The Malawian government, through the telecom sector regulator, the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) ordered ISPs to shut down and radio stations to desist from offering live broadcasts of protests, claiming such coverage may incite violence.

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