This week Internet news sites in Uzbekistan have been blocked for unknown reasons, the independent news site fergananews.com reports.
While for the last five years, some sites devoted specificially to news from Uzbekistan, such as fergananews.com itself, uznews.net, uzmetronom.com and others have been blocked from view, this latest problem affects sites that have been accessible in the past.
Local Internet service providers (ISPs) do not have the capacity to block sites, telecommunications experts told fergananews.com. Yet the national state provider of telephone lines, Uzbektelekom, could do so. Even so, if the blockage were being made by this state company, all the ISPs would show the same list of blocked sites -- and they vary.
On August 9, fergananews.com reported that users of Beeline, a Russian mobile phone service, have been unable to open the Russian news sites gazeta.ru, newsru.com, utro.ru, ruvr.ru, sovsport.ru and an Uzbek news site, uzreport.com. Access to lenta.ru was blocked for a time then reopened.
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