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No lip-synching in Turkmenistan

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One of those stories which are funny at first glance, but get worrisome when you think about them:
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - He has outlawed opera and ballet and railed against long hair and gold teeth, but now Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov is determined to wipe out another perceived scourge: lip synching.

Niyazov has ordered a ban on lip synching performances across the tightly controlled Central Asian nation, citing "a negative effect on the development of singing and musical art," the president's office said Tuesday.

Sure, lip-synching is a scourge of modern life, but does it really need to be illegal?