Uzbek tabloid suggests ways to avoid censorship
Cross-regional and Blogosphere, Media and Internet, UzbekistanNo Comment
Almost apolitical and owned by a group totaly loyal to President Karimov and his daughter, the most tabloid of all the Uzbek tabloids and most lovable by housewifes and celebrity news followers, Darakchi magazine gives directions of how to access banned websites without keeping visitors’ records, e.g. their IP numbers.
Even though this short note is given in the end of the magazine, that is either something editor had not noticed and, relying on his staffers who know nithing but copy-pasting articles from other media, approved it for publication, or the responsible person did not find it as threatening national cyber-security.
On one hand, the author explains why using proxy servers is such a popular phenomenon — people around the world use those IT-tools to make sure their private info is not kept even after their visits to this or that page.
On the other hand, Uzbekistan is a country that practices tough censorship and those who want to read banned information have to either use proxy servers, or have a satellite internet connection that is not filtered by Uzbektelecom, a state-owned telecommunication company.
To note, this would probably become one of the notes/articles published by Darakchi tabloid and forgotten right after being read if not Uzmetronom.com’s mention, which highlighted that proxy-servers in Uzbekistan are basically used to access banned web sites. Now these proxy tools are in jeopardy to be banned by internet service providers that execute orders of Uzbektelecom and security services responsible for Uzbekistan’s ‘cyberspace.’
Due to the reports about Uzmetronom.com’s Sergey Ezhkov’s ties to security services of Uzbekistan, this might bring to reprimands or even more serious sanctions towards the author of the note and editors of Darakchi. In June, 2011, Novyi Vek newspaper published an article about a biohumus and how a young businessman Dilshod Usmanov implemented the knowledge of his dad into the development of the worms usage to enrich the soil.
The problem was that Dilshod’s father is a well-known in Uzbekistan Doctor of natural sciences and a businessman, who is nowadays in prison for allegedly not sharing the profit with the Karimov regime.
Pavel Kravets, author of that article in Novyi Vek newspaper, was later on summoned by editor-in-chief Valeriy Niyazov and asked to sing papers on leaving the organization by his own will.