Authorities block Neweurasia blog platform

first_imgNews July 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities block Neweurasia blog platform RSF_en Organisation Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Reporters Without Borders today condemned a new wave of Internet censorship in Uzbekistan, where Neweurasia, a website that hosts a network of blogs about Central Asia and the Caucasus, has been inaccessible for several weeks. The government probably ordered local ISPs to block the Neweurasia.net domain name after it launched Russian and Uzbek-language versions. “This is the third case of this type we have registered this month,” said Reporters Without Borders, which has identified Uzbekistan as one of the Internet’s 15 worst enemies. “First it was independent news websites. Now it is blogs that have been added to the government blacklist.”The organisation added: “We point out that it is still possible to get round the government’s filtering. We hope Uzbek journalists and bloggers will not be discouraged and will continue to use the Internet to publish independent news and information.”A blog platform created last year, Neweurasia aims to offer alternative news coverage in a part of the world where the traditional media are under government control. By partnering with the Prague-based NGO Transitions Online at the start of this year, it was able to set up a programme for training local bloggers. Anyone now trying to connect to Neweurasia.net from within Uzbekistan is automatically redirected to the MSN search engine.This latest case of censorship comes after the blocking of the Uzmetronom.org website on 26 June and the decision by the editor of Tribune-uz.info to suspend web activities on 4 July as a result of harassment.Since last November, all local ISPs have had to be connected to the state-owned Internet operator Uzbektelecom, which facilitates the enforcement of government blacklists. For information about ways to get round censorship, consult the Reporters Without Borders Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents (in Russian). ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia center_img More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Receive email alerts May 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Uzbekistan to go further Help by sharing this information February 11, 2021 Find out more News October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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