The Supreme Court of Tajikistan on July 19 labeled the Pamir Daily News online news agency as an “extremist organization” and banned its activities in the country.  Media reports say the ruling follows a request submitted to the court by Tajik Prosecutor-General Yusuf Rahmon.  

A report posted on the website of the Prosecutor-General’s Office of the Republic of Tajikistansays “Prosecutor-General’s lawsuit is has been settled in the interests of protecting the foundations of the constitutional order, security and sovereignty of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Pamir Daily News has been designated as an extremist organization and its activities are banned in the country.” 

The Prosecutor-General’s Office of Tajikistan says Pamir Daily News’ website has been blocked in Tajikistan and warns of criminal liability for cooperation with this online news agency. 

According to the Penal Code of the Republic of Tajikistan, participation in an organization, which is designated by a court as an extremist organization, is punishable by imprisonment for a term of five to eight years.  

According to Pamir Daily News, it was established in 2019 to provide coverage of events in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region.