Tajikistan profile - Media

  • 31 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
Tajik officer reads newspaper
Image caption Newspaper circulation figures are low

The media have greater freedoms than in some other Central Asian states, but officials dictate editorial policy at the state media and obstruct critical outlets.

The authorities silence dissent by intimidating journalists and by using "exhaustive" litigation, says the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Self-censorship is commonplace.

Television is the most popular medium. The State Committee for TV and Radio operates four national networks and regional channels.

There are more than a dozen private TV stations. Russian TV is widely-watched. Radio can be the sole source of information for those living in very remote areas.

The newspaper sector comprises government-owned and private titles. Most of these publish weekly and circulation figures are low.

There are nearly 1.4 million internet users (, 2014).

The authorities routinely block websites and social media platforms, including Russia's Odnoklassniki, Facebook and YouTube. But users are adept at using proxies to get around this. Opposition websites operate mainly from abroad.

The press

ImruzNews - private, publishes Monday-Friday

Asia-Plus - private, twice-weekly, in Russian

Jumhuriyat - government-owned, publishes in Tajik three times a week

Khalq Ovozi - government-owned, publishes in Uzbek three times a week

Narodnaya Gazeta - government-owned, publishes in Russian three times a week

Tojikiston - private, Tajik-language weekly

Najot - weekly, published by main opposition Islamic Rebirth Party


Tajik TV- state-run; operates Tajik TV first channel, Safina youth channel, news channel Jahonnamo, children's network Bahoriston and regional channels

Soghd TV - state-run regional station in north

Khatlon TV - state-run regional station in south

SMT (Independent Television of Tajikistan) - private, Dushanbe


Tajik Radio - state-run, operates Radio Tajikistan, Radio Sado-i Dushanbe (Voice of Dushanbe), culture network Radio Farhang, external service Ovoz-i Tojik

Radio Imruz - private, available in all regions

Radio Vatan - Dushanbe, private

Radio Tiroz- Khujand, private

Radio Asia-Plus - Dushanbe, private

News agencies

Asia-Plus - private, English-language pages

Khovar - state-run, English-language pages

Avesta - private, English-language pages