As Tajikistan’s elections approach this fall, authorities in the Central Asian country have blocked Facebook for the third time in recent months. The blockage, something that seems to be becoming increasingly common in the country, also seems to extend this time to Radio Free Europe’s Tajik service.
So far there has been no official explanation to the outage. But in November, the popular social networking site was banned due to users spreading comments of “mud and slander” about Tajik president Imomali Rahmon, who’s held the position since 1992 but is up for reelection this year.
Beg Zukhurov, the head of state-run communications service in Tajikistan, is the man responsible for the site’s previous bans, EurasiaNet reports. In addition to Facebook, Zukhurov’s office has blocked the access of other news portals, including Radio Liberty.
Since November’s block, Zukhurov’s office is responsible for banning of some 130 other sites from 21-25 December according to EurasiaNet. In December, the European Union called on Tajikistan to relax control over the Internet, RIA Novosti reports.