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Despite there being no official government restrictions on internet use and access, opposition leaders claim widespread surveillance of online communications.

As of May 2016, it has been reported that the government listens to calls, reads both SMS messages, and messages on digital platforms and monitors internet activity using a system built by a Chinese technology company.

Although Malawi does not have specific acts relating to use of cyberspace, bar the Electronic Transactions Act, there have been reports of the government monitoring the emails of opposition party members in Mozambique, and social media users have been charged with criticising the President.

Internet penetration is currently 6.4%, but mobile penetration is 77%, and the landing of two international submarine cables has resulted in drastic reductions in the cost of broadband. There is also significant focus by the government and private companies to improve access and infrastructure.

Later Event: May 1