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.