Turkmenistan Just Got a Little Nuttier

by Nathan Hamm on 8/23/2005 · 3 comments

Words fail me when it comes to this new decree.

It bans the use in Turkmenistan of recorded music “at musical performances on state holidays, in broadcasts by Turkmen television channels, at all cultural events organized by state and social institutions, in places of mass assembly and at weddings and celebrations organized by the public.”

In comments carried by the official daily newspaper “Neitralny Turkmenistan,” Niyazov said there was a need “to protect true culture, including the musical and singing traditions of the Turkmen people, from the negative influences of factors that to them are foreign.”

I guess it’s now officially a bad idea to get your friends together to spin a few discs.

It’s been said before, but Niyazov is an absolute nutjob.


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Matt W August 24, 2005 at 4:33 am

Didn’t China just recently introduce penalties for lip-synching? That may be where Niyazov borrowed this latest from.

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