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First private newspaper issued in Turkmenistan

The first private newspaper has been launched in Turkmenistan

Monday, September 20, 2010 - The first private newspaper “Rysgal” (Welfare) has been issued in Turkmenistan, the Turkmenistan.ru news agency reported on Saturday.

The publication launched by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs featured an article by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulating Turkmen businessmen for publishing their own newspaper and promising his full support to private entrepreneurs.

The President instructed the union in July to establish its own publication after approving the creation of private newspapers and magazines in the country.

The first issue provides domestic business news, analytical articles on the real estate market and international business partnerships, as well as hints for new entrepreneurs.

The publication aims to "cover the work of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs in an open and comprehensive manner, to inform readers about the success stories of Turkmen entrepreneurs working in the capital and regions of the country," Turkmenistan.ru reported the State News Agency (TDH) as citing the publication.

The premier issue of Rysgal also encouraged readers to suggest how to improve regulations to better develop the climate for new investments and build the economy.

Until its launch the country had 25 newspapers, 15 magazines, five TV channels and one news agency, but all of them are state-owned, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported in July. President Berdimuhamedov earlier removed a ban on access to the Internet imposed by former President Saparmurat Niyazov.

The Rysgal newspaper is written in both Turkmen and Russian languages.

Chairman of the Union Alexander Dadayev on Friday presented President Berdimuhamedov with a copy of the first issue of the publication.

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