|Islamist Uzbekistan Bans Santa TV|
|by Tom McGregor||Mon, Dec 24, 2012, 06:57 PM|
Militant Muslims have risen to power in Uzbekistan and taken control of the airwaves to forbid broadcasting shows that celebrate Christmas.The BBC News reports that, "television viewers in Uzbekistan looking for the familiar features of Father Christmas on their screens this year will be disappointed following an unofficial ban by the state broadcaster."
It is the most recent maneuver to downgrade Russian or Soviet heritage in modern Uzbek culture. Before the rise of Islam in Uzbekistan, celebrating Christmas characters was popular.
According to the BBC, "it is not clear who gave the order, but Father Christmas (known locally as Grandfather Frost) and his female companion Snow Maiden, once regular fixtures, are now apparently unwelcome foreigners."
An Uzbek TV reporter in Tashkent said, "we are told not to show Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden on TV at all. We can show a small New Year tree but it should be somewhere in the background."
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