Tajikistan criticized for blocking access to news websites
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||2 August 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Tajikistan criticized for blocking access to news websites, 2 August 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5022287bc.html [accessed 21 August 2014]|
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August 02, 2012
Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Border (RSF) has criticized Tajikistan for blocking access to news websites.
RSF said in a statement on August 2 that access to the country's leading independent news agency Asia-Plus was blocked on August 1 – for the third time in two months.
The websites were blocked after fighting in the restive Gorno-Badakhshan region in the country's east.
The government has cited technical reasons for the lack of access to Asia-Plus.
The Russian news agency RIA-Novosti website has also been blocked, joining YouTube, and two other Russian news sites Lenta.ru and Vesti.ru.
Two other news portals specializing in Central Asia – Fergananews.com and Centrasia.ru – as well as the local forum Pamir-vesti.ru, were also blocked.
RSF said Tajikistan, by increasingly making systematic use of cyber-censorship, could end up on RSF's annual list of the "Enemies of the Internet," which could tarnish the country's image.