Statement Regarding Access to Facebook, Radio Ozodi, Asia Plus and other News Sites

The U.S. Embassy is concerned with the blockage of access to Facebook, Radio Ozodi, Asia Plus and other Internet news sites in Tajikistan. The United States believes that the right of individuals to express their views freely is universal, whether exercised in a public square or on the Internet.

The United States has long supported freedom of speech, mass media freedom, and the right of journalists to work without fear of censorship or reprisal. The U.S. Embassy works in partnership with the Government of Tajikistan, non-governmental organizations, and members of the media to promote free and independent media. We urge the Government of Tajikistan to lift any restrictions on Facebook, Radio Ozodi, and other Internet news and social media sites.