Press Release: The Iraqi Internet Freedom Alliance is Against the Recent Call by the Iraqi Telecom to Cut-off Internet in Iraq
The Iraqi Internet Freedom Alliance has been closely monitoring Internet service provision within the country after the Ministry of Communications cut off the Internet service on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The internet cut-off was for three hours from 5 to 8 am, upon orders from the Ministry of Education to prevent any attempt to divert questions of the official exams.
The Iraqi Internet Freedom Alliance is concerned that this act contradicts the 3rd principle of the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance which states that the country should uphold “Internet access without service interruption, prohibiting, filtering, and promote the exchange of information between individuals and communities.” Such acts also contradict with the 5th principle of the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance, which states that “the need to preserve Internet freedom non-bargained under any name.” It would have been better for the competent government authorities to undertake other relevant measures to prevent questions-leak instead of adhering to the rights of citizens, which is a guaranteed right by the Iraqi Constitution. The Iraqi Internet Freedom Alliance appeals to the Prime Minister to intervene and prevent this from happening in the future.
About the Iraqi Internet Freedom Alliance
The Iraqi Internet Freedom Alliance plays the role of the observer, in coordination and cooperation with national coalitions, in all that would be released from laws, regulations or decisions of practices that may be adopted which may limit access to the Internet freedom. www.haquna.org
IJMA3 (The Arab ICT Organization) is an international non-governmental non-profit organization established in 2004 and headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon and consists of a consortium of more than 19 national ICT association members from 15 countries across the MENA region. As the regional voice of the ICT industry, IJMA3 is dedicated to advocating policies that advance the industry's growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services. www.ijma3.org