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OSCE Urges Tajik Authorities To Unblock YouTube

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Eeurope's representative on freedom of the media has urged Tajik authorities to restore access to YouTube.

In her statement on June 11, Dunja Mijatovic called on Dushanbe to ensure Tajik citizens’ "unrestricted access to the Internet" and asked the Tajik government to officially explain the blockage.

The popular video-sharing website has stopped being accessible via the majority of Internet providers in Tajikistan as of June 9.

The chief of the Tajik government's Communications Service, Beg Zuhurov, told RFE/RL that his agency had nothing to do with the situation.

The reason for the blockage is not known.

In the past few years, Tajik authorities have blocked several online news and social-media websites, including YouTube, Facebook, and RFE/RL's Tajik Service, but later unblocked them.

At the time, Zuhurov blamed the disruptions on "technical problems."

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

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