RFE/RL’s Tajik Service: Radio Ozodi
Radio Ozodi is a trusted source of local news, attracting outsized audiences with compelling reporting on issues not otherwise covered by Tajikistan’s state-run media.
- Even with the Tajik government blocking access to Radio Ozodi’s website, the Service remains the only Tajik language media that challenges the state’s tightly controlled press and propaganda through high-impact reporting. Users in Tajikistan use proxies to access ozodi.org.
- According to a survey conducted by national media monitors, Ozodi.org is the number one news website in Tajikistan.
- Radio Ozodi’s reporting on religious freedom, Islamic State recruiting, law enforcement, and women’s and minority rights in Tajikistan is relied on by international agencies and monitoring groups.
- Radio Ozodi is a critical source of news for over two million Tajik labor migrants in Russia, who rely on it for information that is independent of the Russian press.
- Tajikistan experienced a serious deterioration in the protection of fundamental freedoms after a violent crackdown by security forces in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast region in November 2021 and May 2022. The Tajik government arrested dozens of protesters and involved extrajudicial killings of those detained. The crackdown also included shutdowns of internet and mobile phone networks.
- In June 2022, four RFE/RL journalists were attacked by unknown assailants in two separate incidents after they interviewed an activist accused of organizing a protest march that turned deadly.
- In 2021, journalist Mullorajab Yusufzoda received an award from the Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law in Tajikistan for his work on COVID-19, protests in the Badakhstan region, price hikes, and poverty.
- In 2021, The Global Investigative Journalism Network praised Radio Ozodi’s exposé on the rampant abuse of Tajik passports by migrant workers and international terrorists as one the best examples of investigative journalism.
- In June 2022, on the 25th anniversary of the peace agreement which ended Tajikistan’s deadly civil war, Radio Ozodi published the names of hundreds of victims of the five-year conflict for the first time.
- Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index ranks Tajikistan 152nd out of 180 countries. 09-202
January – December, 2021
- Website (Tajik): 12.4 million visits; 31.2 million page views (2.4 million visits and 5.7 million page views on average monthly)
- (Russian) 8.9 million visits, 15.6 million page views
- YouTube (Tajik): 237.7 million views; 1.5 million subscribers
- Facebook(Tajik): 74.2 million video views; 15.9 million engaged users
- Instagram (Tajik and Russian): 124.8 million video views; 1.3 million followers
Updated: September 2022
Facts & Stats about Tajikistan
- Population: 9.7 million (World Bank estimate, 2019)
- Most Common Languages: Tajik, Russian, Uzbek
- Global Freedom Index (Freedom House): Not Free, 8 out of 100 (2021)
- Press Freedom Index (RSF): 152 out of 180 (2022)
- Corruption Index (Transparency Int.): 149 out of 180 (2021)
- Global Peace Index (IES): 92 out of 163 (2022)
- Human Rights Watch: Report on Tajikistan (2020)
- Amnesty International: Tajikistan Report (2021)