UZBEKISTAN: New FOIA Comes Into Force

7 February 2003 reports that a new law on freedom of information has come into effect in Uzbekistan recently. The law “On Principles and Guarantees of Freedom of Information” which was accepted by Parliament in December, 2002 has become operational.

UPDATE 2/10/03 now reports that the Uzbekistan Government has officially declared its intentions to “Counteract” any Information Expansion.

In the opinion of analysts, this counteraction will only toughen governmental control of information flows. Already in place in Uzbekistan is governmental filtration of information placed on the world wide web. Internet providers are forced to carry out Internet connections through a unit of the State Enterprise of Agency of Telecommunication and Post.

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