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Power of Rumor in Turkmenistan

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Turkmenistan, Citizen Media, Media & Journalism

In Turkmenistan, where it is almost impossible to access any news other than those reported by state-run media, rumors have unusual power. A recent Facebook post [1] [tr] about an ‘imminent’ collapse of the US dollar has created panic among the country's Internet users, with some people rushing to exchange their dollars for local currency. NewEurasia’s Magtymguly Pyragy summarizes [2] netizens’ reactions to the rumor.