Turkmenistan: New TV Tower Modernizes Technology, but Not Media
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov turned a new page in the annals of dictatorship chic this month with the opening of the 211-meter high Turkmenistan Broadcasting Center, an enormous television tower bulging with the sixteen-sided state symbol of Turkmenistan. The TV tower, built in time for celebrations of Turkmenistan's 20th anniversay of Independence, sits atop a green and white pyramid-like structure in the Kopetdag mountains south of Ashgabat.
The ever-faithful State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH) trumpeted that the tower is "new vivid evidence for the efforts the Turkmen leader takes to modernize and develop the telecommunications sector and introduce advanced, innovative technologies in this sphere that is a state policy priority in the epoch of new Revival."
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