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Turkmenistan



-  Area : 488,100 sq.km.
-  Population : 4,830,000.
-  Language : Turkmen.
-  Head of state : Separmurad Nyazov.

Turkmenistan - 2006 Annual report

Since a privately-owned media and press freedom do not exist, the country’s journalists are confined to relaying the propaganda of the President Separmurad Nyazov’s regime, which uses psychological pressure, intimidation and constant monitoring of them to silence any criticism. Turkmenistan is the Central Asian state most closed to foreign journalists, whose requests for visas are routinely turned down. Viktor Panov, of the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti, was accused of spying and deported to Russia on 12 March 2005 after spending two weeks in prison in the capital, Ashgabat.



 
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