Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Turkmenistan view Internet as dangerous

Posted by Info on 05/11/2009

President Berdymukhamedov’s vision for e-government clashes with the state’s reputation as a hardened enemy of free speech and open access to information.

Turkmenistan is on Reporters Without Borders’ list of world «Internet Enemies.» In 2008, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) identified Turkmenistan as among «The 10 Worst Countries to Be a Blogger.» The state-owned internet service provider, Turkmentelecom, routinely blocks access to opposition sites and independent news websites and monitors e-mail accounts, CPJ claims.

According to the CIA World Fact book, «[The] telecommunications network remains underdeveloped and progress toward improvement is slow. Strict government control and censorship inhibits liberalization and modernization.»

There were just 75,000 internet users in Turkmenistan in 2008 out of a population of 4.8 million, it added.

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