MFA Head: Limiting Web Access Impossible!

by Nathan Hamm on 6/8/2005 · 3 comments

Head of MFA Uzbekistan: “No possibilities exist for restricting internet access in Uzbekistan.”
Original by Andrei Kudryashov, Tashkent for
Translated by David Walther

In a 2 June press briefing for foreign diplomats and journalists in Tashkent, the Uzbekistani Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eldar Ganiev, made the following announcement: “After the events of 13 May in Andijon a lot of absurd conjectures (fantasies) became popular about the idea internet access is somehow blocked in Uzbekistan. At this moment, there are no possibilities for limiting access to the internet– and anyone who is connected to this [internet access] couldn’t not know that.”

“In the age of information technology, to assert that there is any type of possibility to block networks from the internet is simply naïve,” he again underlined.

This “unexpectedly brave” announcement by the head of the MFA couldn’t fail to draw less than friendly smirks from foreign correspondents accredited in Uzbekistan, especially those from electronic news sources, who routinely have practical experience with the question at hand. Between one another, the journalists exchanged the suggestion that the statement had been, likelier than not, addressed to foreign diplomats, who probably were able to use special channels for electronic access [to the outside world].

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T-Moor June 9, 2005 at 2:05 am

Please take a look at this post on my blog: on the Internet censorship in Uzbekistan!!!

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