Uzbekistan enforces web censorship

I love scooping news. Neither the Guardian nor the Independent have yet released the story, but am sure they will or at least they should follow – maybe they are just a few hours behind and wasting time on “the beauty of the language” in their news reports, or maybe their lawyers are sharpening their red pens, or maybe, they just run out of bravery, ethical and socially responsible behaviour and are in a state of FUD.

Craig Murray’s website has been taken offline; alongside any other websites, such as Boris Johnson’s (apparantly more due to collateral damage) and Tim Ireland’s webserver. It is refering to an article about some Russian-Uzbek millionaire who wants to buy a football club. Waving the flag of resistance is as usual, our beautiful little Indymedia UK and two bloggers [ Ian Dale | Obsolete ].

Basically, in the article Craig Murray describes the close links of Usmanov with the Uzbek president Karimov, who keeps up a totalitarian torture regime, as well as refering to Usmanov’s previous prison sentence and an alleged instance of rape, where victims and witnesses disappeared without a trace. He lists many more weird and obscure events of unethical behaviour, but mainly of economic character.


Comment by Peteris Cedrins on 2007-09-23 09:50:19 +0100

Hi Ulla! The “resistance” has since taken off, with 192 blogs and counting (listed at Chicken Yoghurt) drawing attention to this instance of censorship.

Comment by Ulla on 2007-09-23 11:39:51 +0100

More4 has taken on the news and reported on it:

Comment by Ulla on 2007-09-23 11:50:00 +0100

The MediaGuardian has jumped on board, too:,,2174406,00.html

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