Tajikistan filters Internet before the presidential election

Tajikistan filters Internet before the presidential election

Just before the presidential elections in Tajikistan, several websites have been censored in the country, including Youtube and Ozodagon a media website.
Tajikistan voters re-elected without surprise President Emomali Rahmon on November 6th, for his fourth term since 1992.

To demonstrate how open he is, Rahmon had ensured that the opposition could hardly be heard the days before the election.
Thus, several ISPs in the country have blocked access to YouTube and the main information site in the country called Ozodagon.
Wedged between China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, it is not the first time that Tajikistan has to deal with Internet censorship. In September 2010, the Tajik authorities had imposed censorship of Internet news sites, accused of covering the attack on a military convoy by combatants allegedly belonging to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Since then, as mentioned Reporters Without Borders, Internet censorship measures have increased in the country with media sites being blocked massively.
On their side, ISPs tell but anonymously confirm they have received no order from the regimes to block websites. These are said to be “technical” problems that nobody believes .

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