ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN — Ex-Soviet republic Uzbekistan unblocked a dozen news and rights websites known for critical coverage of the Central Asian country, a top media official said, citing the government's commitment to freedom of information.
Komil Allamjonov, head of the country's Information and Mass Communications Agency said that Uzbekistan had taken measures to eliminate "certain technical issues" to provide local users access to the websites, some of which had been blocked for over a decade.
The British Broadcasting Company's Uzbek service, Voice of America, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders' websites were among those listed in a Facebook post on the matter.
In a May 11 post on Twitter, Allamjonov said the blocks had been lifted after his agency had "carefully studied the facts of inhibited access to some news web resources" raised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's media freedom representative Harlem Desir.
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