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Tajikistan: Facebook Access Restored; News Sites Remain Blocked

Authorities in Tajikistan appear to have lifted their weeklong ban on the social networking site Facebook. 

Users in Dushanbe say they have been able to access the site again on March 10. The Asia-Plus news agency reports that the government Communications Service verbally told Internet service providers (ISPs) they could restore access to the site late on March 9. Several news websites remain inaccessible.

Earlier in the week, Asia-Plus published a letter from the head of the Communications Service, Beg Zukhurov, ordering the blockage. Zukhurov denied the site was blocked, saying it was down for “prophylactic maintenance” and that access would be restored. But few believed him because he used the occasion to lash out at journalists who defame “the honor and dignity of the Tajik authorities,” and said authors of such content should be made “answerable.” 

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Tajikistan: Facebook Access Restored; News Sites Remain Blocked

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