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Tajikistan restores access to news sites, Facebook

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 Mar 2012 21:33 User comments (2)

Tajikistan restores access to news sites, Facebook After one week of being blocked, officials in Tajikistan have restored access to Facebook and certain news sites.
"Yes, we've allowed access to Facebook but we don't know how long it will last," says one ISP. "If we again receive a signal to shut it down we will have to comply."

Following the publication of an article critical of the country's long-standing president, Tajikistan had blocked all access to two Russian-language news sites and the social networking giant Facebook on March 4th.
ISPs in the nation said the shutdown was ordered by the state-run communications service. Any user who had tried to access the sites were met with a redirect to their homepage, or the homepage of their ISP.

The news sites, and, had published a story critical of President Emomali Rakhmon, who assumed power in 1992. It is well-known around the world that Rakhmon stole the 2006 election by fraud, and WikiLeaks brought to light that the president and his family have pillaged the country's coffers for years, including taking all profits from the state-run Tajik Aluminium Company (TALCO). The country is the poorest of the former Soviet states. had posted an article headlined 'Tajikistan on the eve of a revolution.'

Tajikistan has a population of 7.5 million, but only 35,000 Facebook users.

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2 user comments

112.3.2012 0:28

I actually met a couple visiting here from Tajikistan yesterday. Nice people.

212.3.2012 11:36

If they receive a signal to shut it down they'll have to comply? Who the f*k is this quote from? The president? If he supposedly has to shut it down then who the hell is in charge?

Granted, the latter sentence is pretty much rhetorical, but you get the point. Thanks for nothing...

Mystify, hide & choke your people (or kids) from the truth or knowledge & they will find it despite you. Sometimes with violent consequences. Given the world economy right now & social dynamics these jerks are REALLY playing with fire.

Grow some callouses & take the red assing. Grin & bare it. It keeps your dirty laundry in house.

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