Tajikistan Blocks Popular News Website

Four days after cutting local access to Facebook, Tajik authorities have ordered that internet providers and mobile operators also block the website of Radio Ozodi, RFE/RL‘s Tajik Service. The website has been one of the most popular news sources in Tajik. Blogger Temur Mengliev warns [ru] that efforts to restrict access to independent media might backfire:

The higher the walls they are building, cutting people off from the outside world, the more willing people are to destroy the walls and bury those who build them under the bricks.

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