Tuesday, October 24, 2006

notice the pages are blank

This new book-shaped building in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan is pretty damn cool, but as Boing Boing points out, the alleged "House of Free Creativity" is anything but:

President Saparmurat Niyazov inaugurated the book-shaped edifice today, and it will house media organizations. What's funny here is that the press in that Central Asian nation is anything but free: internet access, newspapers, TV, radio, and other forms of communication are controlled by the state, routinely monitored and censored by Niyazov's regime which is known for a legacy of human rights abuses. The country is #3 on the CPJ's list of most-censored nations.