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DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - The Associated Press

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“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century) . Hürriyet Photo.

“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century) . Hürriyet Photo.

Authorities in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan have banned several hugely popular Turkish television series over concerns that the violence in them could have a bad influence on viewers.

State film and video agency head Davlat Safarov said Wednesday that the shows in question contain what he described as elements of terrorism and extremism.

The Turkish shows, which are distributed locally on DVDs and are dubbed by well-known Tajik actors, have gained a huge following in Tajikistan over the past two years and are relatively tame melodramas by U.S. and Russian standards.

The move is unusual for this moderate Muslim former Soviet nation, but authorities have lately demonstrated deep concern over anything they deem to be a manifestation of radical Islamism.

May/16/2012

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