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Uzbekistan: Artists Need Permission to Post on YouTube

Not Uzbek Enough: A screenshot from Munisa Rizayeva's video for Sakramento (Source: YouTube)

As of July 1, singers in Uzbekistan will need to get permission from the state-run performers’ regulator before they are allowed to post their videos on YouTube. Anybody found in violation of the rule could face losing their lucrative performing license.

Rumors of this rule had been circulating for some days on social media and were last week confirmed by RFE/RL’s Uzbekistan service, Radio Ozodlik.

“This is being done to prevent the dissemination of music videos that do not correspond to national traditions and the mentality of the Uzbek people,” a representative for Uzbekkonsert told Ozodlik.

Prior to the YouTube rule being announced, domestically produced music videos had become object of much public discussion. In a talkshow aired on June 20, guests rounded in particular on a song called “Sakramento” by Munisa Rizayeva.

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