UPDATE, 6 July - Freedom of Expression - Major event as to service limitations in Tajikistan, 9 October 2014

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 – from time to time - been made available, some new sites have been added to the list of those unavailable.
TeliaSonera up-dated this news-item in April 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 Policy on freedom of expression in telecommunications. Published by Tcell here.
  • The blocking is based on local ‘Law about telecommunications, paragraphs 9, 10 and 34. (Official site, for download; http://www.mmk.tj/ru/legislation/legislation-base/2002/);
  • On June 05, 2015 Tcell received a letter from the Regulator regarding the un-blocking of major websites;  
  • On June 18th, 2015, however, Tcell received a new order from the Regulator to block a number of 84 sites.

As of last week-end, a total number of 90 sites are blocked in Tajikistan. The duration of the blocking is not specified by the Regulator. Tcell, through customer care, informs that ‘due to circumstances beyond of our control, this website is temporary unavailable’;

Addition July 9th: On July 7th, Tcell was ordered to block Facebook.com, vk.com and youtube.com.
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 on Freedom of Expression in Telecommunications, has publicly committed to comply with requests or demands relating to the surveillance and freedom of expression 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.