Uzbekistan: Parliamentarian Calls for Fight Against Internet Subversives
An Uzbek parliamentarian has called for waging a war on "subversive elements" on the Internet, the BBC's Uzbek service has reported.
Abdurashid Zhuraboyev, chairman of the Information and Communications Technology Commitee of the Oliy Mejlis (the lower house of parliament) recently said that an "information war" is being waged against Uzbekistan, so it needs to fight back:
The Internet is filled with defamatory information about our state, government, and even our president. These subversive elements, nasty people, are jeering at our achievements. We must have a planned war against them.
Like other government officials who have also invoked the "Internet enemies," the parliamentarian didn't exactly indicate what he meant by "subversives," says the BBC. Yet analysts believe the concern is a reaction to an increased activism of the Uzbek opposition in the wake of the Arab Spring.
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