Fiji says this law is about online safety. Experts say it's a censorship Trojan horse.
Internet shutdowns aren't just Africa's problem. They're happening worldwide
As concerns grow over issues such as cybersecurity, fake news, internet harassment and revenge porn, a number of countries are pushing towards greater regulation of the internet. However for every well-meaning attempt to protect people online, there is an example of lawmakers seeking to co-opt such concerns to stifle dissent and censor criticism.
Less than three weeks into 2019, five countries have experienced partial or full internet shutdowns: Sudan, Bangladesh, the DRC, Gabon and Zimbabwe. There were more than 185 around the world last year -- up from 108 the year before, according to Access Now.