Harare - The Zimbabwean government's orders to shut down the internet in a bid to stifle protests last week were illegal, a rights group said on Monday.
The shutdowns came after a week of violent mass protests against economic hardship, in which at least 12 people were killed and dozens injured, according to rights groups.
Justice Owen Tagu at the High Court in Harare ruled on Monday that the shutdowns, ordered as part of a wider move aimed at containing the anti-government protests, were illegal, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) spokesman Kumbirai Mafunda told dpa.
A first internet blackout was ordered on Tuesday. The internet was restored on Wednesday but shut down again on Friday.
The internet was restored on Friday afternoon, but access to social media remained blocked.