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RFE/RL Complains of Web Site Blocking in Kazakhstan

Says the problem also affects users in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

RFE/RL believes some of its Web sites are being blocked by authorities in Kazakhstan.

“For more than five weeks, Internet users in Kazakhstan have been unable to access the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Kazakh-language Web site despite repeated requests to the Kazakh government and KazTelecom to restore service,” the U.S. international broadcaster stated.

Organization President Jeffrey Gedmin said the problem was thought to be technical at first but “the Kazakh government’s refusal to respond to us, after many requests, suggests that it’s a case of deliberate interference.”

It is having similar problems in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, where KazTelecom is the main ISP, he said. RFE/RL is providing alternate access to its Internet pages in those Central Asian countries.