Uzbek media censors are back at work
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (rferl.org and Uzbek page ozodlik.org)
Institute for War and Peace Reporting (iwpr.net)
Reporters Without Borders (rsf.org)
Committee to Protect Journalists (cpj.org)
Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)
Amnesty International (amnesty.org)
“Birdamlik” (Solidarity) Oppositional Movement of Uzbekistan (birdamlik.info)
… and the most recent to be added to the long list – even though they are both politically correct and not harshly oppositional:
Central Asian News Service (ca-news.org)
Russian Informational Agency Regnum (regnum.ru)
And the list goes on – of websites that are blocked inside Uzbekistan. Facebook was even once on that list – check out neweurasia’s Abulfazal’s story “Faceless government and bookless users”.
At a time the country prepares to host it’s most liberal and modern and connected of contests – “Best Internet café” (for neweurasia’s coverage, click here) – the Internet has again proven its fate in this restricted country and the censors have shown their colors yet again.
According to Central Asian News:
“According to human rights activist from Tashkent, the reason of block might the preparation for celebration of the 20th anniversary of the country’s independence in order to prevent possible attempts of disruption.”
In continuing, Central Asian News makes mention of Reporters Without Borders, the media watchdog organization that fights for freedom of the press – who by the way quoted neweurasia in their annual report that classifies Uzbekistan as being definite “Enemy of the Internet” – in their article, when saying:
“In March 2010, the press secretary of the Uzbek Agency for Mass Communications and Information Elbek Dalimov denied the fact that agency closed any sites.”
But, not all hope is lost, as Freedom House (freedomhouse.org) is accessible inside Uzbekistan’s Internet networks.
Check out what Uzbek Internet users see when attempting to access newly banned websites! Click to enlarge.