first_img UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Organisation News Islam Karimov, who was re-elected head ofstate on 23 December 2007, exercises very tightcontrol over the Internet. Websites do not haveto register with the authorities, buteverything is centralised and thegovernment blocks access tomost independent sites that criticiseits policies. State network,UzPak, has been the only one inthe country since 2005 and all accessproviders have to connect viathis network. However, a few ofthe 447 private companies that deal in accessare intermittently connected to the Russian network.However, for 17 years, the president has ceaselesslyexpressed his wish to see citizens expressingthemselves freely. The network hastherefore developed and the number of usersnever ceases to grow. But diversity of opinion isnot to be expected. Russian blog platform Livejournalwas blocked in February 2009 by Uzbekaccess providers because it posted photos of alocal businessman. But LiveJournal is one ofUzbekistan’s most popular sites and the accessproviders put an end to this censorship once thenews appeared on the Russian Web, whichboasts 38 million Internet users.Opposition gradually eliminatedIn 2005, the journalist and nephew to the president,Djamshid Karimov, was forcibly admittedto a psychiatric hospital after posting a series ofarticles on the website of the independentUzbek news agency focusing oncorruption of the local administration and thestate of the peasantry in the Jizzak region. Hisadmission took place, in October 2006, eventhough the doctors admitted that he was “awell-balanced man in good health, intelligentand educated”. The same year, the editor of anindependent news website decidedto suspend its online work after comingunder pressure.Since 2005, the stance of the foreign ministryhas however been clear: “Uzbekistan does nothave the capacity or the technical knowledge toblock access to the Internet”. However somewebsites figure on the list of “sources of informationthat provide destructive news” andthreatening “security of information”, of whichthe government acknowledges the existencebut keeps secret. It generally concerns independentnews websites and those which defendhuman rights. The website, whichdeals with political questions in central Asia,was blocked without any official reason beinggiven, on 15 March 2007. In July 2006, the were also made inaccessibleby the government.Since the start of 2008, the, which is not howeverseen by the authorities as an oppositionsite was also blocked. Its editor,Alexey Dobryin, described it as“provocation on the part of the authorities”. “Theblocking of the site came just after the victory ofIslam Karimov although he has not ceased toclaim for 17 years that the people want to bepart of a real civil society. It is highly regrettablethat the Communications and InformationAgency of Uzbekistan, which a number of talentedand competent people work for, is muchlike George Orwell’s ‘Ministry of Truth’”, he said.The site was one of the most reliable sources ofinformation about civil society.The law on media freedom, adopted in 2003,imposes a series of restrictions on the circulationof news online. Article 4 lays down that “thefreedom to inform the public can be limited inthe name of the protection (…) of the community’smoral values, national security and thecountry’s spiritual, cultural and scientific potential”.The vague formulation of these principlesleaves wide scope for interpretation and for extensiveand abusive censorship. The same istrue of other articles that invoke the “preservationof cultural and historic values” or “socialstability”. An amendment was made to the lawon 15 January 2007, defining websites asmedia, giving the government even greater controlover this space.More information : : collaborativewebsite on Uzbekistan. The website Neweurasiais a platform for central Asian blogs (English,Russian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Tajik, and Kirghiz). : independent news agencyfor countries of central Asia (Russian and English). : news website on centralAsia (Russian). :“Islam Karimov everywhere, elections nowhere!”Reporters Without Borders report on media coverageof the 2007 presidential campaign. : news websiteEurasianet. : Uzbeck service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. : National news agency(Russian, Uzbek, English). New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 11, 2021 Find out more More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia March 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Uzbekistan Domain name : .uzPopulation : 27,780,059Internet users : 2,400,000Average price of an hour’s connection in acybercafé : not availableAverage monthly salary : about 50 eurosNumber of private access providers : 447Number of imprisoned bloggers : 0Until 2006, more citizens of Uzbekistan hadInternet access than had mobile phones.This is how the political opposition gets outits messages, something that PresidentIslam Karimov wants to prevent. Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Receive email alerts Follow the news on Uzbekistan News News February 11, 2021 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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