Freedom of Expression on the Internet: A Case Study of Uzbekistan

Freedom of Expression on the Internet: A Case Study of Uzbekistan DOI: 10.1163/092598808X262542 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 Review of Central and East European Law 33 (2008) 95-134 Freedom of Expression on the Internet: A Case Study of Uzbekistan Zhanna Kozhamberdiyeva * Abstract Against the framework of international human rights law, this article studies the regulatory approach towards the exercise of the human right to freedom of expression on the Internet in the legal system of the Central Asian state of Uzbekistan. The mechanisms of state censorship of Internet communication for Uzbek citizens and the restrictions that narrow the scope of freedom of expression in the context of the Internet are the issues in focus. The article argues that the Uzbek government, although publicly committed to democ- racy and respect for the rule of law under the Constitution, favors regulation that undermines the human right to freedom of expression on both legal and ideological grounds—namely, by enforcing the legal rules on informa- tion security and the ideological ‘idea of national independence’. The article demonstrates that the absence of legal guarantees of the effective exercise of freedom of expression on the Internet reflects upon the general weakness of Uzbekistan’s domestic system of human rights protection. This system gives absolute http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Central and East European Law Brill

Freedom of Expression on the Internet: A Case Study of Uzbekistan

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Brill
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0925-9880
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1573-0352
DOI
10.1163/092598808X262542
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DOI: 10.1163/092598808X262542 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 Review of Central and East European Law 33 (2008) 95-134 Freedom of Expression on the Internet: A Case Study of Uzbekistan Zhanna Kozhamberdiyeva * Abstract Against the framework of international human rights law, this article studies the regulatory approach towards the exercise of the human right to freedom of expression on the Internet in the legal system of the Central Asian state of Uzbekistan. The mechanisms of state censorship of Internet communication for Uzbek citizens and the restrictions that narrow the scope of freedom of expression in the context of the Internet are the issues in focus. The article argues that the Uzbek government, although publicly committed to democ- racy and respect for the rule of law under the Constitution, favors regulation that undermines the human right to freedom of expression on both legal and ideological grounds—namely, by enforcing the legal rules on informa- tion security and the ideological ‘idea of national independence’. The article demonstrates that the absence of legal guarantees of the effective exercise of freedom of expression on the Internet reflects upon the general weakness of Uzbekistan’s domestic system of human rights protection. This system gives absolute

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Review of Central and East European LawBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: INFORMATION SECURITY; FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION; UZBEKISTAN; INTERNET CONTENT REGULATION; INTERNET MEDIA

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