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Uzbekistan Gags Pop Stars, But Googoosha Sings On

Uzbekistan’s pop police have banned several star musical acts for undermining the Central Asian nation’s “moral heritage and mentality” by being insufficiently patriotic.

Three pop stars (Dilfuza Rakhimova, Otabek Mutalkhuzhayev, and Dilshod Rakhmonov) and two groups (Ummon and Mango) have had their licenses stripped, which means they cannot perform in public. Uzbeknavo, the official association controlling Uzbekistan's lucrative pop music business, made the announcement on its website this week. 

An Uzbeknavo meeting heard “criticism of songs that are not in line with our national spiritual values, our moral heritage and mentality,” the sternly worded statement said. 

“It is our duty to praise the Motherland, rubbing its earth onto our eyes and praising its people and its happiness,” it explained.

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Uzbekistan Gags Pop Stars, But Googoosha Sings On

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