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Turkmenistan to allow privately owned media

Turkmenistan to allow privately owned media

For the first time in 19 years, the Turkmen government will allow the establishment of private newspapers, the BBC reported.

"Proposals for the founding of private newspapers and magazines can be prepared and work on this matter can be accelerated," President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said on Friday, Radio Free Europe quoted.

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is in favour of independent media. Photo: United Natios via Radio Free Europe
He invited the Union of Private Industrialists and Entrepreneurs to take the lead by creating their own publications so they could share their successful business stories. "It was unclear whether that meant that only business or trade publications would be allowed," The New York Times reported.

The Central Asian country is the only post-Soviet nation without privately owned media. According to Agence France Press, "there are five television channels, 25 newspapers, 15 magazines and one news agency, all of them state-owned."


Clara Mart


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