OSCE media representative asks Tajikistan to unblock YouTube and to ensure free flow of information – Representative on Freedom of the Media

Posted: July 29, 2012 in Censorship, Confrontation, Tajikistan

VIENNA, 27 July 2012 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, called on the government of Tajikistan today to unblock video sharing website YouTube and ensure the free flow and access to information.

On 26 July the Communications Service, a government agency, asked internet providers to block access to YouTube.

“YouTube has become one of the most important sources of diverse information all over the world. With full understanding for the security concerns of the authorities, free access to information and the free flow of information are vital at all times and should not be restricted or suppressed,” Mijatović said.

“Only courts should be allowed to decide whether websites can be blocked, not authorities. Blocking is a restriction on free media and, most importantly, deprives citizens of their right to know, to receive and impart information about the developments in their own country.”

via OSCE media representative asks Tajikistan to unblock YouTube and to ensure free flow of information – Representative on Freedom of the Media.

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