For a Free Internet in Tajikistan

2 November 2010

The movement “For a Free Internet” has issued an appeal, expressing its concern with the current situation in Tajikistan, primarily due to a number of recently blocked internet sites.

Indeed, the government has been involved in blocking a number of independent online resources. Experts link the move to the ongoing military operation in the Rasht Valley.

The movement claims that, on orders from the Ministry of Transportation, access to websites such as,, and has been blocked.

“However, as the same sources tell us, there has been no official explanation for the online resources being blocked.

“Unfortunately, such actions by the state are becoming the norm in Central Asia. One of the distinguishing features of civilized countries is that their laws are not trampled at the government’s convenience,” reads the statement by FFI.

According to the activists, this is not the first tine that the government has tried to block websites to prevent access to information they deem undesirable.

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