The following is an excerpt of a 4 May 2020 CPJ Blog post by Avi Asher-Schapiro/CPJ Global Tech Senior Correspondent.
Since late 2019, the Bangladesh government has cut off internet access to Cox’s Bazar and blocked refugees from obtaining SIM cards, citing a black market in the camps to evade regulations that only Bangladeshis with national identification cards are allowed to obtain SIM cards and access the internet, according to news reports.
There are over 800,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations. There have not been any confirmed COVID-19 cases in the refugee camps, but there have been positive tests in nearby communities, according to reports.
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Source: MEDIA FEED