Tajikstan orders Facebook be blocked

According to the Washington Post, 41,000 Facebook users in Tajikstan will know longer be able to use the social network as the country’s government has ordered all Internet Service Providers and mobile carriers in the country to block the site.

Beg Zuhurov, the country’s telecom chief, justified the move by saying “hundreds of citizens” had called him about Facebook, asking the site be shut down because it was a “hotbed of slander.”

This is not the only time the country has tried to censor the web. According to the Washington Post, in March, Tajikstan blocked access to Facebook for one week. And in August, the country created a group of observers to monitor the Web. According to Ria Novosti, a Russian news agency reported Zuhurov said those volunteers have been reporting that “strange people” were being paid to write offensive comments about the government on Facebook.

That same month, in August, Reporters Without Borders wrote to Zuhurov about their “profound concern” he was creating a group of Internet monitors.

About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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