Uzbekistan Websites Reviewed

by Nathan Hamm on 3/18/2005 · 2 comments

Arena has a review of 30 websites that Uzbekistan’s government isn’t too keen on.

The government solves the appeared problem in a usual way – if it cannot control the Internet in general, it can control it locally, blocking access to unwanted websites. At that, the blockade includes not only Uzbek opposition websites, but resources that are solely informational as well. The country’s largest Internet providers (ISPs), which operate under the National Security Service (NSS) control, have been ordered to block access to such resources.

The criteria of evaluation of unwanted publications are approximately as follows. All materials containing open criticism of the President Islam Karimov and his surrounding are certainly blocked. The same is with information on corruption, mafia, repressions, torture and harassment practiced by the Uzbek security services.

Besides, ISPs block access to materials about the pace of the cotton harvesting campaign (forced child labor) and other issues. The population should not receive any alternative information about this.

It’s an interesting list. A bunch of sites I’ve never seen before are on the list.


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Laurence March 18, 2005 at 12:33 pm

Nathan, The linked article is seriously flawed! Muslim Uzbekistan is an extremist website (even the name is extremist, since Uzbekistan in reality is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious country includiing athiests and secularists.) Yet here is what the misleading link claims, misrepresenting the site:

Muslim Uzbekistan (http://www.muslimuzbekistan.com)

As it is known from the name, this website specializes on covering issues of Muslim life. At the same time, it cannot be called extremist website, since all of the contained materials are rather moderate and have no calls to religious or national hatred.

The sections are Islam (including subsections Koran, Sunna, Upbringing of Muslims) and Uzbekistan today (including Analysis, Genocide in Uzbekistan, Oppressed Muslim women, Voice of human rights activist, etc.).

There is of course no “genocide” in Uzbekistan, whatever the religious problems, such a claim is just a big lie.

Shame on the authors of this article. I’m glad they didn’t mention Registan.net…

Student March 18, 2005 at 8:27 pm

I think Arena forgot to add to the list Uzbekistan Online Forum, the forum of uzbeks in foreign countries and Jahongir Muhammad‘s website, a former member of Uzbek parliament who is currently resided in the USA. He has a bunch of stories about current regime based on true life and experience. He exiled from Uzbekistan in early 90’s after the independence for his speech against Karimov.

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