Tajikistan: Prosecutors Investigate Legality of Telecoms Restrictions
Prosecutors in Tajikistan are investigating the circumstances around the recent ban on money-saving phone apps imposed by the nation’s telecommunications regulator.
The unusual sight of one branch of government probing another raises fresh questions about possible infighting in a regime almost entirely bereft of a real opposition.
On December 18, the Communications Services Agency ordered all telecommunications companies to suspend access to next-generation network, or NGN, services. The technology enabled people to call relatives from abroad at highly advantageous rates, but officials have claimed it posed risks to national security.
It has been increasingly rumored that the government also intends to try and force telecommunications operators to also suspend access to messenger apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, although industry experts insist this would be almost impossible to implement in practice.
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