Asia-Plus Media Group is forced to stop publishing news about events taking place in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) of Tajikistan.  

The situation in GBAO’s capital, Khorog, has escalated again – on the evening of May 16, representatives of local population tried to go to the building of the regional administration but law enforcement officers blocked their paths.  As a result, one person was killed and three others were wounded. 

Unfortunately, we cannot fully cover these events under the threat of closure. 

Asia-Plus had earlier received an official warning from the Prosecutor-General’s Office and unofficial warning from other government agencies that our publication covers events in the GBAO “unilaterally” and “destabilizes the situation in the country.” 

Asia-Plus was ordered to “eliminate these shortcomings”, otherwise, our publication is threatened with closure. 

Taking into the consideration this fact, our editors have decided to refrain for now from reporting events in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region. 

We apologize to our readers!