UPDATE, 23 April - Freedom of Expression - Major event as to service limitations in Tajikistan, 9 October 2014
Freedom of Expression
According to TeliaSonera’s Group Policy on Freedom of Expression in Telecommunications, available here, we will, whenever possible, report on our efforts in relation to requests or demands with potentially serious impacts on freedom of expression in telecommunications.
Government's requests or demands often serve legitimate purposes such as the protection of certain human rights, but they may also be problematic in that they could conflict with other human rights. TeliaSonera's commitment is to respect freedom of expression in telecommunications.
In Tajikistan, since October 9th 2014, a long list of web-sites are inaccessible, affecting information availability. While some websites have been made available, some new sites have been added to the list of those unavailable.
TeliaSonera up-dated this news-item in January 2015. Here now status as of today;
- The blocking of sites is still on- going;
- Tcell, the local TeliaSonera company, 28/08/2014 published the TeliaSonera Group Freedom of Expression Policy,
- Tcell, through customer care, informs that ‘the blockings are due to circumstances not depending on Tcell’;
- We can note some progress, as among the sites that have been unblocked so far are; news.tj, asiaplus.tj, odnoklassniki.ru, pressa.tj, and tojnews.tj.
- The blocking is based on local law about telecommunications, paragraphs 9, 10 and 34. (Official site, for download,)
On April 9th 2015, Tcell was ordered by the Regulator to, again, block youtube.com. The Regulator in a letter dated April 9th to Tcell allowed the un-blocking of youtube.com but then, on April 20th, decided the site to be blocked again but without deciding any specific time-frame of the blockings. Tcell has not yet re-blocked youtube.com but will do so.
The Policy of TeliaSonera is not to engage in the politics of the countries in which we operate. We do not comment on politics or make political statements when representing our company. However, TeliaSonera does engage in dialogue regarding requests from authorities that affect our business and customers of companies in which we have ownership interests.
TeliaSonera, as one of the ten principles in our Group Policy, has publicly committed to comply with requests or demands relating to the surveillance of communications only to the extent required by law, including formal requirements. TeliaSonera will continue to promote this view, also when in dialogue with Governments and authorities as to major service limitations.