Is Uzbek site 12.uz promoting porn?

A screenshot of 12.uz
The Monitoring Centre under the Uzbek State Committee for Communication, Information and Telecommunication Technologies (SCCITT) has revealed porn content in publications posted on 12.uz.

On 12 November, the founder and correspondent of the 12.uz portal, Abu-Ali Niyazmatov, who, at the same time, has worked as a RIA Novosti news agency correspondent in Uzbekistan for 10 years, was summoned to the Tashkent city interior directorate, a source at 12.uz said on condition of anonymity.

The source said that it was not known yet what publication the Monitoring Centre of the SCCITT (formerly the Uzbek Agency for Communications and Information Technologies) considered to be pornographic.

Obviously, experts of the Monitoring Centre revealed obscene material on the website’s Russian product advertisements which link to Russian websites which is where intimate service advertisements can be found, the source told Uznews.net.

“There is another hidden motive for this expert examination which is the activities of Niyazmatov himself who has repeatedly published on 12.uz critical articles devoted to environmental conditions and the work of the Uzbek customs service in particular,” the source supposed.

In other words, the purpose of a criminal or administrative case, which has already been opened, is to make the journalist drop the habit of writing such articles in the future.

The SCCITT Monitoring Centre is well known for a number of its absurd expert examinations based on which photographer Umida Ahmedova, Voice of America correspondent Abdumalik Boboyev and a correspondent of Russian newspaper Parlamentskaya Gazeta and the editor-in-chief of vesti.uz, Vladimir Berezovskiy, were sentenced in 2010.

Uznews.net