Tajikistan is one of the former member states of the Soviet Union, bordering with Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan became an independent nation in 1991. Since then, the country has struggled with many challenges including civil war during 1992 to 1997, in which thousands of people were killed and many more thousands displaced. Other challenges include internal and external security threats, chiefly from being an immediate neighbor of Afghanistan and from poor economic growth, poverty, and widespread corruption. According to the nongovernmental organization Freedom House, nepotism, cronyism, extortion, and bribe seeking by government officials pervade all levels of Tajik society. This entry provides an overview of the media in Tajikistan, examines traditional and new media, and explores ...

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