Created in 2006, Chronicles of Turkmenistan (Хроника Туркменистана) is the news website of the “Turkmen Initiative for the Defence of Human Rights,” a NGO founded in November 2004 with the aim or providing information about developments in Turkmenistan including minority rights, freedom of association, free speech and child labour. It cooperates frequently with Human Right Watch, Amnesty International, FIDH and Front Line and has written many reports about the situation in Turkmenistan for the UN.
Chronicles of Turkmenistan is one of the few sources of independent information in a country where the government keeps tight control on the media. As it is very critical of the government, it is subjected to a great deal of pressure and the site has been blocked in Turkmenistan since 2007.
An independent online news agency, Fergananews.com is Central Asia’s leading Russian-language news website. The speed of its news coverage, the quality of its analyses and its network of correspondents have made it essential reading. They have also turned it into a prime target for the region’s authoritarian governments, especially as it takes a close interest in their many systematic human rights violations.
Also known just as “Ferghana,” it does investigative reporting on such sensitive regional issues as the use of forced labour in cotton production, water resource management and the fate of Central Asian immigrants in Russia. In a region where national, ethnic and religious identity is often exploited to fuel conflicts, it covers these issues in an impartial and responsible manner, actively promoting dialogue and tolerance.
It recently started a blog platform that is used by independent journalists and much of its content is translated into English. Its correspondents in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan take considerable risks because they have to operate clandestinely. The site has long been blocked in these two countries and has been blocked in Kazakhstan as well since 2014. It has also been filtered out from time to time in neighbouring Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan