Receive email alerts News November 15, 2018 Tajikistan turns to Chinese model of large-scale Internet censorship Organisation Credit : Ferghana Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the way the Tajik authorities are responding to protests by resorting to large-scale Internet censorship and blocking, which is drastically restricting the right of Tajik citizens to be informed.The automatic reaction from the Tajik authorities to any difficulties is to block the flow of information online. Independent media, social networks, instant messaging services and censorship circumvention tools have all been largely inaccessible in Tajikistan since an increase in tension on 6 November.The targets include the news website Asia-Plus, Facebook and YouTube, the Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, and the messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram. Many Internet users who routinely use VPNs to circumvent website blocking report that the best-known VPNs are also blocked.Internet censorship had become common place in Tajikistan in recent years but had usually remained below the current level. Leading news websites such as Ferghana and Akhbor are permanently blocked while others are blocked more sporadically.“The normalization of large-scale Internet blocking is unacceptable,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The Tajik authorities should realize that reacting to all problems with censorship just encourages rumours. The international community should not accept the spread of the Chinese model of Internet filtering.”Nuriddin Karshiboyev, the head of the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT), an RSF partner, used the term “administrative feudalism” to describe the phenomenon. “We have repeatedly pointed out that blocking online media and alternative news sources violates citizens’ constitutional rights,” he said.As usual, the authorities have denied carrying out any blocking and have blamed “technical problems.” National access to the Internet has nonetheless been a government monopoly since the start of 2018, which means the authorities can now block anything online without having to ask individual Internet service providers.This capability was seen in action in the summer, when the authorities tried to restrict coverage of the murders of four foreign tourists.The current wave of blocking came in response to tension in some parts of the country and the publication by Asia-Plus of an article about the economic privileges granted to certain businessmen close to the government. Follow the news on Tajikistan Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media RSF_en TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetFreedom of expression Demonstrators gathered in the southern town of Khorugh on 6 November to protest against the reinforced security presence in the region, and its behaviour. Dozens were killed or injured in a prison mutiny the next day in the northern city of Khujand.Tajikistan is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in 2018 World Press Freedom Index. #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic News May 14, 2021 Find out more to go further August 25, 2020 Find out more TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetFreedom of expression News News Help by sharing this information Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president November 6, 2020 Find out more
A 29-year-old woman is behind bars for allegedly stealing an ambulance and crashing into a police car, according to Fort Pierce Police.Amber Lynn Sills faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, aggravating fleeing/eluding police with injury or damage, and grand theft of a motor vehicle.Police responded to the Park Terrace Apartments at 601 Avenue B on Wednesday morning, following reports that someone had stolen an ambulance while paramedics were transporting a patient from the building’s top floor. An officer then spotted the ambulance heading south on Georgia Avenue and South U.S. 1, and proceeded to follow it with emergency lights on.Sills refused to stop, turned left onto Virginia Avenue, and began driving erratically in and out of traffic while heading west, police say.Officers continued to follow as Sills ran through several red lights.She then crashed into an officer’s marked patrol vehicle at about 9:30 a.m. near the intersection of Royal Palm Drive and South 19th Street.As officers were approaching the ambulance, Sills continued accelerating and pushing into the officer’s vehicle.They pulled her out of the ambulance and placed her on the ground with no further incident. There were no injuries.