IWPR LAUNCHES RADIO PROGRAM FOR TURKMENISTAN
From an IWPR bulletin:
The Institute for War and Peace Reporting today launched a unique radio
project providing reporting on Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most
Inside View, a radio program made by Turkmen journalists in their own
language, is being beamed into the country as part of Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty’s regular broadcast.
Turkmenistan is an extreme dictatorship, with a secretive leadership and
virtually no international profile. Life inside the country is harsh -
poverty combined with state repression is compounded by the almost total
lack of access to independent news and opinion. State broadcasters and
press mouth the president’s latest thoughts, and freedom of expression has
been entirely stamped out.
In this repressive atmosphere, IWPR, which has been active in the region
since 2000, has been one of the lone voices reporting first-hand from
Turkmenistan. Now, in conjunction with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, it
is drawing on its expertise to produce a series of radio pieces made by
Turkmen reporters for broadcast to the country.
“Dictators clamp down on free journalism because they know what an impact
it can have,” said IWPR Executive Director Anthony Borden. “But courageous
journalists continue to report on Turkmenistan, and IWPR is delighted to
be able to provide them with this unique platform.”
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