Tajikistan government extends Facebook ban

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 1:56:50 by

The Tajik authorities have again blocked Facebook social network in the country again, extending a ban that extends for months and has caused a wave of criticism against the Government.

The order has been issued by the Minister of Communications, Beg Zujurov, affecting three other web pages, including the Tajik service of Radio Liberty, as reported by the Internet provider Telekom Tekhnolodzhi to the Russian
news agency RIA Novosti.

In November, the Tajik government announced its decision to block access to Facebook because of increasing criticism by some of its members against the Government.

At that time, Zujurov stressed that social network users were throwing "dirt and slander" about the country’s officials, including the president, Emomali Rajomn, who governs in Tajikistan since 1992.

"These people have been obviously well paid for it," he said, adding that he had received many requests for "Tajik outraged by this hotbed of slander" to proceed at the end of Facebook.

All three of the country’s Internet servers blocked access to the social network, which has more than 41,000 users in Tajikistan. These are the press service of the President, the Foreign Ministry, the mayor
of the capital, Dushanbe, and other senior officials.

It is the third time that the Tajik authorities take a decision of this kind after the latch decreed in March. In August, the Government established a panel of observers – composed of volunteers, mainly teachers,
students and retirees – to monitor Internet postings related to the country.

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