The national Internet services provider Uztelecom has blocked web proxy clients, further restricting access to alternative views on the web.
Several internet services providers’ clients in Uzbekistan have reported that access to proxy servers have been blocked in the country.
Web proxies remain the only available way for the majority of Uzbek people to bypass Internet censorship and to access news and analytical sites blocked in the country.
A staff member of one of the country’s major providers, Sharq Telekom, has reported on condition of anonymity that web proxies started being blocked in a centralised manner approximately in late September.
Uztelecom, the country’s only company that has access to international channels, is blocking user requests for the word “proxy” in the address of a proxy server.
Servers without the word “proxy” in their address, for example,
|There is information that Uztelecom is drawing up a list of available proxies [web proxies]. When a list is full, they will be included in the ban list"|
|A Sharq Telecom worker|