MOSCOW, February 17 (RIA Novosti)
Central Asia’s most populous nation of Uzbekistan has blocked access to Wikipedia in its language, regional media reported on Friday.
Users trying to access Wikipedia in Uzbek from Uzbekistan have been redirected to Msn.com for the past few weeks, CA-News.org said. The site is accessible from outside the country, and the blockade does not include Wikipedia in other languages.
A spokesman for the country’s information and communication watchdog in Tashkent promised a comment when reached by telephone on Friday, but then stopped returning calls. Uzbekistan’s embassy in Moscow could not comment.
Uz.wikipedia.org had 7,876 articles as of Friday. Of the country’s 30-million population, almost 9 million are Internet users, according to the government’s statistics voiced in January.
Uzbekistan briefly blocked the entire Wikipedia twice before, in 2007 and 2008. The country is notorious for its online censorship, which landed it on the list of “enemies of the Internet” by Reporters Without Borders in 2011.
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- vusi(no title)22:28, 17/02/2012Reporter without borders must mind it own business. Each nation must mind it busines. this supremacists attempt to put their nose everywhere not for any good but to serve their nation interest is criminal. Wikipedia as far as i know is not from Uzbekistan and he is serving the USA/EU colonialists interests. unless some one tell me UZbekistan is a servant of the USA/EU
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