Tajikistan blocks Facebook and two online news sites

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Censorship, Economy and Resources, Human Rights, International, Language, Politics, Region, Tajikistan
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Since the rise of the Arab Spring, ex-Soviet countries in the Central Asian region, like Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been imposing Internet restrictions. The leaders of those republics recognize the role that social media had in overthrowing existing regimes in countries, like Egypt and Libya. Following the trend, the government of Takijistan has ordered a shutdown of Facebook and two Russian news sites, which carried an article criticizing of the current regime. Local Internet providers who requested anonymity said that the shutdown was ordered by state run communications service. Users who tried to access the three sites were redirected to the homepages of their Internet service providers. The Russian news sites that were shut down were tjknews.com and zvezda.ru. The latter site is based in Russia and ran an article entitled, “Tajikistan on the eve of a revolution”. The former site tjknews.com, which is also a local site, republished the article.

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