Tunisia’s government on Friday banned all news websites and social media outlets in a crackdown on opposition media outlets.
The ban was announced by the interior ministry in a statement.
It was widely condemned by journalists, human rights groups and human rights organizations.
The decree bans the news websites, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter from operating in the country.
The ministry said the restrictions are intended to combat the spread of terrorist information and information disseminated through illegal channels, and prevent the spread and circulation of terrorist propaganda.
The decree also restricts access to certain types of media, including video, audio, and written documents, according to the statement.
The government said it will ban “inappropriate, dangerous and harmful” material, such as news websites or political cartoons.
A few days earlier, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi had signed a decree banning opposition websites and sites that incite against the government.
It came amid widespread criticism of the government, and the latest crackdown by Essebesi.
In April, the government banned Twitter and Facebook, and many websites were shut down.