QUOTE(Mister Die @ Fri 24th February 2012, 4:57am)
The amusing thing is that the infamous Goatse image got the boot on the article of the same name, yet unorthodox sexual practices are liberally supplied with amateur photographs or art. I guess that's because there was no Wikipedian alliance of anal fisters or whatever guarding the Goatse article. I'm sure if some wanted to do so they could portray the article as the victimization of an otherwise brave anal fister and that the removal of this hero's photo constitutes homophobia and/or anti-fisting bias.
Wait a minute, are we talking about the English Wikipedia now, or the Uzbek Wikipedia?
From the article on Registan.net
Here it is useful to look not only at what is being censored, but where – because the question of “where” content exists online is more complex for regimes that derive their power from narrow definitions of nationalism. Uzbekistan’s ban on Wikipedia has less to do with blocking access to information than it does with territorializing an ambiguous Uzbek ethnolinguistic virtual space. As I argued in a 2010 article, the Uzbeki government views the Internet as a virtual extension of its sovereign dominion, and sees Uzbek-language content as subject to its jurisdiction. Under this logic, state intervention is more justified when Uzbeks write encyclopedia entries in Uzbek than it is when Uzbeks read encyclopedia entries in Russian, because those entries do not lie on the state’s ethnically demarcated virtual “territory”.
What this writer fails to take note of is that the Uzbeks were, during the Soviet era, victims of some of the worst - and I daresay the most brutal - acculturation and forced-assimilation policies the world has ever seen. Worse even than what Tibet is suffering now... What we here in the West think of as "censorship" in this case is, to the Uzbeks, truly a matter of national survival.
Mind you, I'm not saying that the Wikimedia Foundation should keep their grubby mitts off of the Uzbeki encyclopedia market, though that would probably be appreciated by most of the older Uzbeki population. I am
saying that they should try to have some people around who are aware of these things, and make some attempt to understand why certain countries behave the way(s) they do towards them.