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Tajikistan Blocks YouTube and News Site On Eve of Election

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, November 5 2013

Rakhmon with Dmitry Medvedev (Wikipedia)

On the eve of Tajik elections, clients of certain Internet providers were unable to access YouTube or the popular new portal Ozodagon. A source close to the Tajik government told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the blocks were ordered by the State Communications Service.

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Mediastan: A Travelogue of "Comparative Censorship"

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, October 15 2013

Opening credits of Mediastan

Julian Assange's contempt for The Fifth Estate is no secret. In a statement about the Dreamwork's film about WikiLeaks, Assange called it “a geriatric snoozefest that only the US government could love.” As an alternative to that “Hollywood propaganda,” Assange suggests viewers interested in WikiLeaks watch the documentary Mediastan, which is billed as “a WikiLeaks road movie.”

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Tajik President Covers Up Embarrassing Video By Blocking YouTube

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, June 6 2013

Screenshot from the infamous YouTube video

A video from 2007 has come back to haunt Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon, and he had to go and block YouTube because of it. The video shows President Rahmon singing and dancing (perhaps drunkenly) at his son's wedding, and some say illustrates the excesses of the ruling family. Uploaded on May 18, it has emerged at a politically tense time: the presidential election – “the most important political event of the country in the past seven years” – will take place in November.

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Following Government Orders, Tajikistan's Telecoms Have Blocked Facebook

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, November 27 2012

Facebook is now totally blocked in Tajikistan. Starting from last week, the Ministry of Communications ordered the country's six mobile service providers and six Internet service providers to block access to the popular social media platform. Read More

Tajikistan Launches Internet Censorship, Targeting the Authoritarian President's Online Critics

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, July 24 2012

Another south Asian state of the Former Soviet Union is introducing Internet censorship. Reuters reports that Tajikistan has announced plans to create a volunteer-run body that would monitor the Internet for citizens who criticize President Imomali Rakhmon. The organization has not even been registered yet, but it is already hard at work Read More