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Uzbeks block text messaging on exam day

Staff Report


TASHKENT – Uzbek authorities August 1 blocked text messaging and mobile internet use nationwide during nationwide university entrance exams from 8.30am to 1.30 pm, Uzmetronom reported.

Cell phone subscribers were permitted to make and receive voice calls.

Media reported two different explanations. The ban was related to urgent repair work on telecom systems, reported, quoting cell phone companies. However, Fergana News reported that the blockage is a routine Uzbek anti-cheating measure.

Uzbekistan recently imposed restrictions on cell phone use in schools and universities, reported. Students must turn off their ringers when they enter school and turn off their phones completely before lectures begin.

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