Uzbek scrutiny: Uzbeks bristle over web surveillance

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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — When Samir logs on to the Internet, he has to disguise his Web address to avoid official propaganda and protect himself from retaliation from his own government.

"In order to visit all the sites that I want, I use [Web proxies]. ... All sites that write the truth and promote debate are blocked. Without a [proxy], all I can access is state news, full of joy and happiness," said Samir, who like others interviewed for this article asked to be identified only by a first name.

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