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OSCE Calls Tajiks To Reverse Ban On Facebook, News Sites

  • RFE/RL

Youths at an Internet cafe in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe
The Organization For Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called on Tajikistan to reverse instructions to block social-networking website Facebook and four independent news websites.

Access to the world's most popular social networking site and Russian-language sites,,, and has been cut off since March 3, apparently in response to an order from the state communications agency.

The OSCE described the move as a "worrying development."

Tajik officials have cited "technical reasons" for the problem and pledged that it would be corrected "soon."