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Turkmenistan bans use of word 'coronavirus,' threatens jail for anyone wearing a mask: watchdog group

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Don't even mention "coronavirus" by name in this former Soviet Republic, otherwise you could end up in the slammer.

 

The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has banned the media from using the word "coronavirus" and threatened harsh punishments for those caught talking about the global pandemic.

 

According to international media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, the gas-rich nation is treating COVID-19 like it does not exist.

 

The France-based group said Tuesday that the autocratic ex-Soviet nation made sure the word also was removed from health information brochures distributed in schools, hospitals and workplaces.

 

According to reports from Radio Azatlyk, authorities have also forbidden people to wear face masks under the threat of jail time.

 

“The Turkmen authorities have lived up to their reputation by adopting this extreme method for eradicating all information about the coronavirus,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.

 

Plainclothes police officers reportedly listen to people's conversations in lines, at bus stops and on buses.

 

Cavelier added that the denial of information "endangers the Turkmen citizens," while reinforcing the strongarm of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.

 

 

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One could not make this stuff up.  There have also been articles here in the USA of doctors and some nurses getting penalized, sanctioned, even dismissed for wearing masks in the halls of their hospitals!   Sorry if wearing a mask upsets people.  We got people here at work wearing them too.  It does not bother me.  Heck, they could come in a full hazmat suit and I would not mind.

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6 minutes ago, pookondee said:

Either that or they are trying to not spread the disease of mass hysteria and panic that the media has managed to infect the whole world with.

Nonsense 

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Who know that using "the C word" could cause so much offence?

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They haven'r said that calling it Wuhan China Virus is Banned though... so maybe they are actually in touch after all!

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16 minutes ago, gk10002000 said:

One could not make this stuff up. 

You couldn't make up the whole story of Turkmenistan - period! Read up on it and it's history, this is one of their more sane acts!

(I worked their in 2009)

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Nyazov who used to run Turkmenistan banned dogs from the Capital because he didn't like their smell then advised people to chew on old bones like a dog to strengthen the teeth ..

sacked all doctors and medi' staff outside of the capital Ashbaget because they were a waste of money he said leaving some having to travel 00's of Kilometers to seek medi' attention ..

Banned black cars and car radio's and take a morality test for a license .. 

Built an ice rink outside the capital for desert people to learn to ski .. 

And they still have a public holiday to celebrate carpets .. 

So no surprise if they now wanna ban the C word .. Makes Borat's Kazakhstan sound positively inviting .. 

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12 minutes ago, Justgrazing said:

Nyazov who used to run Turkmenistan banned dogs from the Capital because he didn't like their smell then advised people to chew on old bones like a dog to strengthen the teeth ..

sacked all doctors and medi' staff outside of the capital Ashbaget because they were a waste of money he said leaving some having to travel 00's of Kilometers to seek medi' attention ..

Banned black cars and car radio's and you've gotta take a morality test for a license .. 

Built an ice rink outside the capital for desert people to learn to ski .. 

And they still have a public holiday to celebrate carpets .. 

So no surprise if they now wanna ban the C word .. Makes Borat's Kazakhstan sound positively inviting .. 

And they still have a public holiday to celebrate carpets .. 

 

I know, we just flew back. These are government officials. 

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I bet they change their mind inside a month, or when the 'great leader' himself dies from the disease, whichever is sooner.

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All Western media except Spain was banned from fully reporting the Spanish flu..hence the name...same same

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oh dear ....  and Turkmenistan has some of the worlds best show horses

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