Tajik Internet Providers Told to Unblock 131 Websites

Tajik Internet Providers Told to Unblock 131 Websites
# 25 December 2012 19:40 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Tajikistan’s telecoms agency told internet service providers to unblock access to the 131 website it ordered blocked last week, telecoms sources told RIA Novosti, APA reports.

In a letter to internet providers, the deputy head of Tajikistan’s telecommunications service Rafik Shokirov said last Friday that access to certain websites should be blocked. Tajikistan’s telecoms agency said in a letter to RIA Novosti that the move was due to “technical repair work.”

“We received a call from the telecoms service on Tuesday evening, and were told that Rafik Shokirov’s letter has been annulled,” sources in three telecommunications companies told RIA Novosti.

Most of the targeted sites host music and video content, such as topvideo.tj - dubbed Tajikistan’s answer to YouTube. Popular social networking services Vkontakte, which is similar to Facebook, and Odnoklassniki, which is similar to Friends Reunited, were also on the list.

Access was also blocked to sites popular with Tajik bloggers and to some publishing pro-opposition content or run by Tajiks abroad.

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