A dangerous slope

President Emomali Rakhmon’s authoritarian tendencies threaten the fragile national consensus constructed over the ashes of the civil war that ravaged the country from 1992 to 1997. On the pretext of combatting terrorism, the government has eliminated the political opposition and is building pressure on the remaining independent media. Interrogation by intelligence officers, intimidation, and blackmail have become part of the daily fare of independent journalists. Surveillance of communications is now routine, while the blocking of the main news websites and social networks is virtually permanent. 2016 saw the closure of several independent media outlets and the adoption of a decree reinforcing state control over the editorial policies of the broadcast media.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



116 in 2015

Global score


36.19 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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