Ever-expanding news “black hole”

The Turkmen government controls all media, and the limited number of Internet users are able to access only a highly-censored version of the Internet—but that does not satisfy President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, also known as “Father Protector.” Harassment of the few journalists who work clandestinely for media outlets based abroad continues to grow. One of them, Saparmamed Nepeskulyev, has languished in prison since July 2015. In recent years, other journalists have been arrested, tortured, physically attacked, or otherwise forced to stop working. On the pretext of making cities more visually appealing, the authorities are continuing a campaign of removing satellite dishes, depriving the public of one of the few remaining ways to access uncontrolled news coverage. Promulgated in 2018, the county’s first broadcasting law provides for the possibility of privately-owned TV channels but only on condition that they promote “a positive image of Turkmenistan.”

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



178 in 2017

Global score


84.19 in 2017

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    journalists killed in 2019
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    citizens journalists killed in 2019
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