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About the Service

From Prague, Azatlyk Radiosy relies on in-country networks to report the news the government suppresses. 

Despite censorship, the Service reaches tens of thousands of subscribers in Turkmen and Russian online and via social networks, satellite, and shortwave radio. 

Azatlyk’s reports about agriculture resource shortages prompted a national corruption investigation acknowledged by the President.  

Local famers credited Azatlyk Radiosy for the Turkmen government’s decision to steeply increase state prices for cotton and wheat which farmers say will dramatically improve their welfare. 

Comprehensive coverage by Azatlyk Radiosy of the issues of discrimination against women in Turkmenistan helped discussion on national and international levels. The coverage of the issue resulted in launching a special program entitled “Salam, Dogan!” (“Hello, Sister!).  

After a hard-hitting reporting by Azatlyk, schools stopped an extortion scheme.

Medical workers’ salaries were reinstated after Azatlyk’s report on their wages being cut by as much as 20 percent amid economic hardships. 

A report on corruption in a new hospital prompted local authorities to investigate. 

Following Azatlyk’s report on dire conditions in the Turkmen army, including malnutrition of soldiers, former President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov visited a military unit for an inspection. 

Reaching Audiences

Media Climate

Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index ranks Turkmenistan 176th out of 180 countries. 

Turkmen security services routinely track down Azatlyk Radiosy’s social followers and have called the Service “the West’s weapon against Turkmenistan.” 

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Service Director

Farruh Yusupov

Farruh Yusupov is the Service Director of RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk Radiosy. He originally joined RFE/RL in 2004, working as an editor with the Uzbek Service and providing major contributions to its investigative work, including a series of reports on corruption involving members of Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s family. Yusupov also launched several radio programs for the Uzbek Service, including “Health,” “The Other Side of the Coin,” and “OzodNavigator.” His 2007 radio documentary, Uzbekistan and its Neighbors After Andijon, was nominated for an AIB award. Before joining RFE/RL, Yusupov worked for USAID-funded projects in Uzbekistan. He has an M.A. in Linguistics from Ferghana State University in Uzbekistan.

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