Tajikistan blocks YouTube, BBC, Russian websites after violence — RT

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Censorship, Confrontation, Economy and Resources, Environment, Tajikistan

Internet access to several Russian news outlets, YouTube, the BBC and local news portals has been cut off in Tajikistan by order of the authorities. The blackout comes after severe clashes between the army and guerrillas in the city of Khorog.

Tajik web users say they first failed to connect to the news websites, including Tajikistan’s Ozadagon, on Sunday and the block has been in place ever since. Internet providers point the finger at the country’s leaders.

“We have been instructed to block vesti.ru and youtube.com resources and this has been done,” Telecomm Technology provider told Interfax news agency in the central Asian country on Monday. “The reasons have not been explained, as usual.”

The government’s Communication Service has admitted to the BBC that they had issued the order to block the news websites.

The block seems to be exercised by a majority of providers, but not all of them. On Monday, an Interfax correspondent in Dushanbe freely entered the BBC English, Russian, Tajik and Persian websites.

via Tajikistan blocks YouTube, BBC, Russian websites after violence — RT.

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